Motivational Interviewing: Beyond the Basics (3 CEUs)

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Cost and Registration

This event is now sold out, but you may add yourself to the wait list.

$20 for UBSSW alumni
$25 for all others


Monday, November 5, 2018

Registration: 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Presentation: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm 


120 Clemens Hall, North Campus, Buffalo

Closest parking lots include Baird, Slee and Jacobs Lots. Please note that while parking is open and free after 3pm on campus, it is still at a premium, so give yourself ample time to park and find the building.


Motivational Interviewing is a way of having a conversation about change. It is an evidence-based practice and way of working through ambivalence with clients. It has been tested across cultures and populations and problem experiences, and can be used as a stand-alone therapeutic technique or in conjunction with other evidence-based practices.

This workshop is designed for those who are already well-practiced in using the Motivational Interviewing basics of OARS and would like training and practice in the Motivational Interviewing next steps, including eliciting change talk, managing client discord, effective focusing and agenda setting with clients, and giving advice in a MI-adherent style.


  1. Understand the links between reactance theory and motivational interviewing.
  2. Practice managing discord and responding to client anger using MI-congruent techniques.
  3. Deepen clinical skills with the use of complex reflections to get to the heart of problems.
  4. Identify strategies to make opportunities for finding focus and prioritizing during client conversations.
  5. Practice giving advice in a way that fits with the theory of motivational interviewing.

CEUs for New York State LMSWs & LCSWs

NY LMSW & LCSW contact hours are being provided through the University at Buffalo School of Social Work’s Office of Continuing Education. This Office is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 3 live contact hours have been approved.

Questions about CEU's?

Please contact the Office of Continuing Education

Phone: 716-829-5847



Todd Sage, MSW, ABD

Todd Sage came to UB in 2017 as a Clinical Assistant Professor. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and is collecting dissertation data on the effective training of Motivational Interviewing for Child Welfare settings. He currently teaches Motivational Interviewing in the UBSSW program and as a trainer in the region, and encourages the use of Motivational Interviewing at the Lighthouse Free Clinic where he serves as a proctor for social work students who are gaining practice experience. He has over ten years of practice experience in child welfare, substance abuse groups, and domestic violence men’s groups.

Todd Sage

Melanie Sage, PhD, MSW

Melanie Sage joined the University of Buffalo in 2017. Her research and scholarship areas include the use of technology in social work education and practice and the intersections of technology use and child welfare practice. She serves as a co-lead for the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare’s Grand Challenge of Harnessing Technology for Social Good. She taught Motivational Interviewing to Social Work students for six years, and built Motivational Interviewing into the foundational social work curriculum at her last appointment as BSW program director at University of North Dakota. Sage has taught primarily in the areas of individual and family interventions, and enjoys teaching applied use of evidence-based practice.

Melanie Sage

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Customer Service

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