Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based practice listed on the national registry for evidence-based programs and practices ( “Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.” (

Dee-Dee also provides training in MI & Trauma-Informed Work (see article under the "Media" tab).

One of the most important and underutilized services offered, and one that can substantially increase one’s accurate use of MI, is MI Coaching. Like all coaching, MI Coaching provides the individual – in one-on-one or group settings – the ability to focus on specific strategy practice and listen to their own, and possibly others, recorded sessions. In studies, MI Coaching has been found to be the most effective way to maintain your MI skills gained after training. MI Coaching is also a cost-effective method for agencies to assist staff in avoiding the natural “drift” of skills which can be caught and redirected quite easily with Coaching. Coaching also helps individual practitioners gain confidence in their skills through hearing themselves in actual sessions and by learning how to continue learning MI from your clients.

Coaching Collectives are groups of people, typically from one agency, but they can also be made up of any individuals with a desire to improve their MI skills. Within an agency, Coaching Collectives or Individual Coaching sessions can also be completed nicely on the telephone, providing less interruption to the day’s schedule with no travel required.