Helping Clients Change Their Habits with Motivational Interviewing

How can you help clients make lasting behavioral changes? This is a one-day didactic and experiential Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshop. We will present an overview of MI theory and skills accompanied by deliberate practice and feedback for the purpose of providing participants with an opportunity to enhance their ability to effectively utilize MI while assisting ambivalent clients in their quest to make and sustain health-related behavior changes. We will also discuss MI in the context of the broader science of behavior change as a practical foundation for having productive conversations with patients in support of achieving their health behavior change goals.

The lead instructor for this course is a Clinical Health Psychologist and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. The co-facilitator is a Certified Health Coach whose practice relies upon the use of MI to help clients achieve lasting change. The material in this course is best suited for individuals with beginner or intermediate experience with MI and who work in a helping profession aimed at assisting clientele to achieve lasting health behavior changes. Finally, researchers (not otherwise engaged in clinical roles) may find this workshop useful to inform the design of treatment protocols for studies which incorporate MI as an intervention technology.


Date: Friday, November 13, 2020

Time: Sign-In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-4:00pm

Location: Online, Real-Time, Interactive

Cost: $149 early registration through Nov 6

   $165 after Nov 6

  $130 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

Presenter: Ryan J. Kalpinski, PhD

CEU Credits: 6 CEUs – see below for credit details



Ryan J. Kalpinski is the Associate Director of Training for the pre-doctoral internship program, Chief of Behavioral Medicine Services and Installation Director of Psychological Health at Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center on Joint Base Andrews, MD. Dr. Kalpinski earned his B.S. in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and subsequently received his M.Ed. and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Dr. Kalpinski completed his Internship in Clinical Psychology at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center (WHASC) at Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland in San Antonio, TX. He later completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology, also at WHASC, the only dual-accredited program by the American Psychological Association and the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine.  In addition to being an Air Force Health Psychologist, Dr. Kalpinski remains active as a Department of Defense Internal Behavioral Health Consultant Expert Trainer.

Prior to completing the fellowship, Dr. Kalpinski held several positions within the 325th Medical Group at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, FL. He served as the Chief, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program, Suicide Prevention Program Manager, Disaster Mental Health Team Chief and served as the mental health liaison for the Explosive Ordinance Disposal personnel.

Dr. Kalpinski’s research interests span several areas in health psychology, rehabilitation psychology and population health. His research broadly focuses on health behaviors and their behavioral economical influences and clinical outcomes. He is a member of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the American Psychological Association, and the Society of Air Force Psychologists. He is the Department of Defense Chair for the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s Military and Veterans’ Health Special Interest Group.


  1. Describe the guiding style of MI when providing care aimed at facilitating lasting health behavior change.
  2. Understand the importance of collaboration when using MI to help clientele sustain health behavior changes.
  3. Apply, in practice, the essential elements of high-quality change plans from an MI perspective.
  4. Utilize the foundational principles from the science of behavior change to develop plans for implementing strategies discussed in one’s own practice.
  5. Identify areas of strength and growth in one’s own practice of the intentional verbal behavior consistent with a motivational style to improve practice efforts post-training.


CEU Credit Info


Our CEU credits are accepted for: 

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
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Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.

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