For Your Organization

Facilitate health-related behavior change in a way that really works

  • Are you a helping professional at a loss when your clients get stuck?
  • Do you want to stop being the cheerleader for change and have your clients take an active role to achieve their desired goals?
  • Do your techniques match and evolve with your client’s needs?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, Motivational Interviewing workshops may help you or your organization facilitate healthy behavior change in a way that really works.

About Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, guiding method of communication and counseling to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. It is designed to increase an individual’s motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change. MI uncovers the motivation already within the individual and builds discrepancy from where they are to their goals, all the while affirming and valuing the whole person. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, more than 500 clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of MI across a range of populations, target behaviors and medical conditions.

A Proven Leader in MI

Susan Dopart, MS, RD, CDE, is a health and wellness consultant with 25 years’ experience. She brings a dynamic, interactive style as a trainer, along with a background in dietetics, exercise physiology and diabetes education. As a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) she practices a collaborative, client-centered form of behavioral change.

Susan conducts MI workshops for healthcare organizations, universities, and professionals who want to learn collaborative language to help with behavior change. Workshops are geared to: physicians, nurses, counselors, psychologists, health educators, care managers, dietitians, social workers, dentists, dental hygienists, life coaches, clergy, probation/corrections officers, and personal trainers.

Workshops cover the four general processes of Motivational Interviewing:

  1. Engagement
  2. Focusing
  3. Evocation
  4. Planning

Concepts covered are: style and spirit, OARS (open-ended questions, simple and complex reflections, affirmations and summaries), change talk, dealing with resistance and ambivalence, identifying the back-story of what the client may not be telling you, and helping the client identify his or her desired goals with strategies and techniques that create momentum for change.

Reflections on Susan’s MI Workshops:

“Susan’s MI workshops were one of the best post-medical school courses I have taken.  She is an expert at helping the audience truly feel the spirit of MI.   When taking a course that requires new language skills, practitioners often feel discouraged, but Susan has the capability of putting the audience at ease, making us feel comfortable with trying something new for the sake of improvement and learning, and providing exercises that facilitate comprehension. The interactive sessions were intertwined with videos making the full days go by quickly. Susan is a true professional to work with and Memorial Care is fortunate to have had this opportunity to develop this communication skillset that will help us in motivating our patients take charge of their own health. Motivational interviewing training should be a requirement for anyone involved in patient care.”

Mimi Trinh, MD
Associate Medical Director
Department of Family Medicine
MemorialCare Medical Group


“The Motivational Interviewing (MI) Introductory Workshop was one of the best training courses I have ever taken. Susan’s knowledge, expertise, and ability to create enthusiasm for MI was inspiring. Susan has the ability to connect with people and facilitate the education process. As a nurse, I am excited to be able to use MI with my patients. I believe the value of this training will enable me to improve my communication skills and make a positive difference with my patients. I truly feel that all nurses would benefit from MI training. I look forward to attending future workshops with Susan.”

Stacey Barnett, RN, BSN
Team Lead Pre-Operative Medical Exam Clinic / ASU/Mayo Nursing Program Adjunct Faculty


“In Susan’s training, I learned the absolute best way to not only communicate but to humbly “be of service” is to think of listening as a privilege. I also learned our patients have the answers inside themselves, which was a great lesson to carry with me in addition to having and a very profound effect upon my work. Susan modeled and reinforced the core of MI and how empathy and compassion is truly elevating to the human spirit. She was very knowledgeable and thorough in her training. She was kind, open and receptive to comments and any type of questions. The class left me feeling restored!”

Rachel Overby RN, BSN


Susan is exceptional in teaching and demonstrating MI. Her classes are invaluable to my dental practice. They have profoundly changed the way I relate to my patients and reinvigorated my practice in ways I never imagined.

Sonny Chokka, DDS
Rialto Dental Group


“I needed local MI training to incorporate into a gang intervention program and was pleased to find that Susan offered this training. While attending the introductory class, I was thrilled with the depth of her knowledge and experience. I was so pleased with the training that I was inspired to attend the intermediate and advanced workshops, all equally excellent. I was able to immediately incorporate the MI training into my psychotherapy practice, not just my work in gang intervention. This has been a powerful and effective tool that has provided value beyond expectations.”
Bryan Nichols, Ph.D.


This stuff is SO IMPORTANT. I’ve been in counseling for over 20 years and it changed my practice. Back to the important lost art of listening.” – Christine Loeb, LMFT, RD

“Motivational Interviewing has allowed our home visitors to focus on the clients’ strengths and be more family-focused. With Susan’s expertise, our staff is able to respond to clients’ needs and concerns with reflection, empathy and strength. Susan is a wonderful trainer, with a wealth of wisdom to bring to the room. She is naturally able to model Motivational Interviewing during trainings, which serves as such an integral part of the learning and collaboration process.
Sharlene Gozalians, DrPH, MPH, CHES,Los Angeles Best Babies Network


“Motivational Interviewing is a powerful tool that benefits anyone in the helping field. It has helped me as a therapist to connect with clients in a way that empowers them and allows them to find the motivation to make changes in their lives. It’s amazing, when people are guided to identify the changes THEY want to make, how much more willing they are to embrace and follow through with them. I felt an immediate connection with Susan, and her passion for MI keeps drawing me back to learn more.”
Karen Gilmore, LCSW

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