6-Mar-2021 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM - Online (Central Time)

Introduction to motivational interviewing

Online Workshop

Saturday, March 6, 2021 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Central Time)

All areas of occupational therapy practice include supporting individuals in making decisions regarding whether or not they want to engage in change of any kind. Working too far ahead of the individual or pushing them faster than their level of preparedness can result in unrealistic goal setting, failed attempts, discouragement, decreased self-efficacy, reluctance to attempt future changes and goal setting, and a damaged therapeutic alliance. Using a motivational interviewing (MI) approach helps therapists to ensure that they are meeting the client where they are, and are engaging with them based on their stage of change.

This one-day, practical, online workshop is intended to provide an introduction to motivational interviewing (MI) for occupational therapists who wish to further their understanding of motivational interviewing skills and to increase their confidence in using MI concepts and strategies when working with individuals in any area of occupational therapy practice. Lecture, self-reflection and hands-on practice opportunities will be utilized to assist participants in becoming more reflective and advancing MI knowledge and skills. Audio and/or video presentations will be included to support learning. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss challenges encountered in using the basic MI skills in occupational therapy practice.

Preliminary Workshop Agenda:

8:00-9:30 a.m.

Review of the principles and spirit of MI

9:30-9:45 a.m.

Morning break

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Review and practice of empathy skills

10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Group practice in recognizing change talk

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.


12:45-1:45 p.m.

Group practice in highlighting change talk

1:45 -2:00 p.m.

Afternoon break

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Hands-on practice

3:30-4:00 p.m.


Learning objectives:

By the end of this workshop, you will have had an opportunity to consider and practice:

  1. Openness to underlying assumption and spirit of MI.
  2. Proficiency in client-centred interpersonal skills, especially accurate empathy.
  3. Recognizing change talk and commitment language.
  4. Minimizing resistance in responding to sustain talk.
  5. Skill development in eliciting and responding to change talk.
  6. Formulating an effective change plan.

Target audience:

Occupational therapist clinicians, students in occupational therapy programs, clinicians, physiotherapists, dietitians, speech-language pathologists, family members and caregivers, and other health professionals who have not completed formal MI training or who would like to build on previous exposure. The intent is to provide an introduction to, or review, of MI concepts and an opportunity to practice skills and consider implementation into practice.

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc.

Workshop level:

Beginner (0-2 years of experience in this specific practice area)


Lisa Diamond-Burchuk, OT Reg. (M.B.)

Lisa graduated as an occupational therapist in 1989 from the University of Manitoba and completed her Master's in Occupational Therapy degree in 2017. She has practiced in Manitoba (primarily) and British Columbia in home, acute care, long term rehabilitation, personal care homes, school and private practice settings; both in rural and urban communities. She has worked with all ages in a wide variety of practice areas and clinical settings. Lisa has developed a passion for the role of occupational therapy in primary care and wants to spread the word about all of the skills in the occupational therapist’s toolbox which enable occupational therapists to support individuals and communities. She teaches skills and approaches such as motivational interviewing, dialectical behaviour therapy (mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation and interpersonal effectiveness), cognitive behavioural therapy, coping skills, behavioral activation, complex pain management, cultural safety, harm reduction, self-management, and effective goal setting. Lisa has been an instructor at the University of Manitoba for 15 years and provides occupational therapy services at Northern Connections Medical Centre; a primary care clinic serving clients from northern remote communities and members of other underserved individuals and groups. She has also supported the development of emerging community roles through fieldwork and is the founder and chair of the Manitoba Primary Health Care Community of Practice.rydne Edwards is an occupational therapist and educator at VHA (Visiting Homemakers Association) Home Healthcare. Brydne has worked in the community for six years and currently provides evidence-based education for front-line healthcare workers, including personal support workers, physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Brydne completed her PhD from the University of Toronto's Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and has participated as a teaching assistant, guest lecturer, and lab facilitator in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto. Brydne currently delivers education and training on how to manage responsive behaviours in the community and is a co-investigator on a research project that explored the effectiveness of a rapid response strategy to safely manage responsive behaviours in the community.

Registration fees:
Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by December 9, 2020

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*



Plus applicable taxes

Regular registration rates: Registration and payment completed between December 10, 2020 and February 17, 2021

CAOT Member and Associates

Non member*



Plus applicable taxes

Registration deadline: February 17, 2021

Please note that for the 2020-2021 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

Included in your registration fee:

One-day workshop, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, electronic certificate of attendance.

Maximum number of registrants:  

Cancellation/refund policy:

All cancellation/refund requests must be sent in writing to education@caot.ca. All cancellation requests received prior to February 17, 2021 will be given a full refund minus a $50.00 administrative fee. All cancellation/refund requests after February 17, 2021 will be given a 50% refund. Substitutions are permitted, subject to a $50.00 administrative fee.

CAOT reserves the right to modify the workshop title, description, registration dates and information on the workshop webpage. CAOT will notify participants on or before January 22, 2021 if there is insufficient registration by that date and reserves the right to cancel a Workshop due to insufficient registration up until February 5, 2021. CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the location of a Workshop due to the presenter no longer being able to present the Workshop, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT by notifying participants as soon as possible. If the Workshop is cancelled by CAOT, registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. CAOT will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of any such changes.

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