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Using Motivational Interviewing to Engage & Motivate Faculty

This seminar employs several exercises and demonstrations so that you can see how motivational interviewing works.

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A change for the better: A new approach to change conversations

It’s not what you say—it’s how you say it.

That’s the gist of the idea behind motivational interviewing.

The idea is to employ collaborative and non-confrontational communication techniques that encourage faculty to change behaviors by helping them recognize the value of change and by instilling confidence in their ability to successfully realize it.

Research shows that it works even when individuals are initially resistant to change, and colleges and universities are increasingly adopting the approach to guide faculty to better practices.

You, too, can learn how to utilize elements of this approach to improve communication, facilitate behavior change, and negotiate difficult conversations in Using Motivational Interviewing to Engage & Motivate Faculty.

In this Magna Online Seminar discover that, despite the clinical name, motivational interviewing is an accessible way to improve all kinds of communication with faculty.


Motivational interviewing has been an effective tool in clinical psychology for years, but its application in the higher education environment is relatively new.

There are not many opportunities within most institutions to encounter it in practice or to learn how to use it. This is your chance to learn a highly effective cutting-edge technique.

Learning Goals

In Using Motivational Interviewing to Engage & Motivate Faculty, learn to:

  • Recognize and articulate your faculty members work values
  • Reframe your own attitudes about motivation and resistance
  • Appreciate that faculty members are more motivated to make changes that they think are important and that they believe are attainable
  • Adopt a communication style that recognizes different perspectives and that is not confrontational in the face of resistance
  • Find other resources to advance your understanding of motivational interviewing

The seminar employs several exercises and demonstrations so that you can see how it works-and how easy it would be to incorporate the spirit of motivational interviewing into conversations with faculty.

Topics Covered

Motivational interviewing uses an empirically validated, person-centered strategy that motivates change and also enhances engagement among faculty.

It allows faculty to explore how a particular behavior change would be consistent with personal and career values and goals.

It helps faculty recognize the importance of the change and facilitates confidence that the change is attainable.

Intended Audience

Now, colleges and universities are adopting the approach to help guide faculty to better practices that lead to improved student performance and greater professional satisfaction.

You can try it, too. You just need to learn how it works.

Using Motivational Interviewing to Engage & Motivate Faculty would be particularly useful for people working in the following roles:

  • Academic chairpersons
  • Assistant and associate deans
  • Deans
  • Provosts
  • Chancellors
  • Presidents


The right approach can make all the difference, and motivational interviewing has proven to be an effective clinical strategy for eliciting change. Order this program today.

Product Code: OC14FA

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