Criminal Justice

“Firm, Fair, and Consistent.”  Motivational Interviewing is an Evidence-Based Practice with offenders that supports the formation of a positive, collaborative relationship with offenders while holding them accountable for their actions (Clark, 2006).

Corrections professionals are using MI to encourage positive behavior change in offenders because it offers an empirically supported approach for communicating with offenders about compliance and behavior change. M.I. provides options for dealing with behaviors avoiding predictably confrontational responses, while recognizing the specific environmental safety challenges and time constraints that impact all corrections staff.

Motivational Interviewing training benefits professionals working with offenders, such as;

  • Correction, probation and parole officers
  • Supervisors
  • Mental health specialists
  • Health care workers
  • Substance abuse counselors
  • Case managers
  • Training directors
  • Juvenile staff
  • Family Court

Jonnae Tillman’s training’s for Criminal Justice and Corrections are based on the National Institute of Corrections,  Motivating Offenders to Change; A Guide for Probation and Parole, (Walters, Clark, Gingerich and Meltzer, 2007).

Training Overview

Many people have seen presentations on Motivational Interviewing, or participated in a half- or one-day training.  While a good introduction to the techniques and spirit of M.I., this level of training is only a start. Jonnae’s training not only gives professionals a thorough understanding of M.I. but also helps them learn how to use the skills in a meaningful, specific and measureable way.

  • Jonnae uses a variety of training formats, customized to the needs and goals of each organization: discussion, lecture, video, written reflection, integration opportunities, practice sessions, small and large group learning.
  • Jonnae can speak at conferences, facilitate workshops, and/or present at all-staff or individual team meetings.
  • Since preparatory reading and team discussion can occur in advance, Jonnae’s in-person training focuses on practice, not just theory.
  • 1, 2 or 3-day training sessions can be scheduled over a period of time, accommodating staff availability and allowing the learning to be absorbed and put into practice between sessions.
  • Follow-up mentoring in-person or by-phone.
  • Jonnae provides specific, measurable feedback on audio/video recordings of real interactions and/or live practices.

Additional Training for Leadership and Supervision:

  • Jonnae’s M.I. training helps organization leadership incorporate Motivational Interviewing into strategies and policies.
  • Managers receive coaching on how to model M.I. in their interactions with staff, which in turn encourages staff to use M.I. in their communications.
  • Managers will learn how small adjustments in policies, protocols and paperwork can yield significant improvements in engagement.
  • Jonnae can provide training on effective meeting facilitation and strategic planning that complements the use of Motivational Interviewing.

For more information, or to discuss training options that best match your organization’s goals, please contact Jonnae at, or call 425.359.1937