Motivational Interviewing (MI) Coaching

Motivational Interviewing (MI) Coaching is the Next Step on Your MI Journey

“What’s the difference between learning MI and being MI? … About ten years.”  -Bill Miller.

The journey of learning and being MI begins with Motivational Interviewing Coaching. Unlike “train the trainermodels, the Share Collaborative coaching model creates an ongoing growth process for building MI skills. We provide Motivational Interviewing Coaching to individuals as a crucial part of our recommendations for implementing MI in organizations.

Motivational Interviewing Coaching Offers:

  • Confidence and empowerment in MI skills + process
  • The next step in the MI learning journey
  • Identification of what the learner is doing well
  • Areas for improvement and growth
  • Practical applications for trauma-informed care + Cultural Reverence to extend throughout your organization
  • Continuation of skills and experiential learning for human services personnel
  • Professional growth and development for helping professions and the care sector

When learners have completed our Motivational Interviewing training program as part of the Healing-Focused Care

learning, there’s often a question of “what’s next?” Practical implementation and continuous, lifelong learning and growth are essential not only to team retention and buy-in but also for the wellbeing of those working in the human services fields. It’s a developmental process.

Recorded Field Conversation

Motivational Interviewing Coaching provides the next step on the MI journey. It’s a simple process. Learners provide Share Collaborative with a recorded conversation, which is transcribed and reviewed.

Discussion and Feedback

Once we review the conversation, learners engage in a half-hour coaching call. During the Motivational Interviewing Coaching call, we identify areas where the learner is doing well. We also provide support and guidance to help the learner identify the next step in their learning journey. 

From that discussion, the journey to MI competency begins.   

The MITI Tool

We use the MITI (Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity) coaching tool. This rubric is used in research and large-scale implementations of Motivational Interviewing, and it provides a clear path for MI coaches to offer feedback. The MITI measures how well the learner expresses empathy, partnership, and attends to the served person’s reason for change.

Motivational Interviewing Champs

At Share Collaborative, we know Motivational Interviewing should be integrated into human services organizations’ best practices. The best way for integration to occur is to onboard MI Coaches—team members who will learn how to coach others and offer feedback.

We can onboard MI Coaches to learn how to coach their team in MI. Through an identification process, we’ll help your organization determine which team members have the right skills to become MI Coaches, who become MI leaders within the organization.


Shawn Smith is the primary trainer of MI and leader of our Motivational Interviewing Coaching program, using the MITI. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), certified MINT Trainer, and teaches the MITI to other MINTs.
Contact Shawn today to get your team started with MI coaching today!

Feedback from Learners

“MI is amazing! I can't believe how much I can use this to help patients help themselves! Shawn is great at what he does and allows everyone to speak freely and engage with the whole room."
Advanced Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner