Social Services

Social service professionals working with clients with mental health and chemical dependency problems confront issues of resistance on a regular basis, including denial, non-compliance, ambivalence and failure to commit to change.

What can be done to eliminate these roadblocks and move forward?

Motivational Interviewing helps us to enhance and elicit natural indicators of readiness to change by first reducing resistance and resolving ambivalence.

Many clinical studies show significant change in clients dealing with:

  • Chemical dependency
  • Depression
  • Probation
  • Dual disorders
  • Nutrition
  • Quitting Smoking
  • Adolescence
  • Anger

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 each client’s needs and goals: discussion, lecture, video, written reflection, integration opportunities, practice sessions, small and large group learning.
  • Jonnae can speak at conferences, facilitate workshops, and/or 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 at the delivery level. 

Social Services

  • Little Red Schoolhouse
  • Cocoon House
  • WIC/First Steps
  • Nurse Family Partnership
  • Head Start/EHS/ECEAP
  • UW School of Social Work
  • Americorps
  • Sea Mar, Seattle & Marysville
  • Pioneer Center North
  • Pathways for Women, YMCA
  • Pioneer Center North
  • True North
  • 2011 Washington State Migrant Education conference

Tribal Health

  • Tulalip Tribes
  • Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians
  • Nooksack Indian Tribe
  • Lummi Nation
  • National Indian Head Start Directors Conference

Public Health

  • Chelan-Douglas Health Dept.
  • Clark Co. Health Dept.
  • Cowlitz Co. Health Dept.
  • Island Co. Health Dept.
  • Kitsap Co. Health District
  • Kittitas Co. Public Health
  • San Juan Co. Health & Comm Services
  • Seattle-King Co. Public Health
  • Skagit Co. Health Dept.
  • Snohomish Health District
  • Tacoma-Pierce Co Health Dept.
  • Whatcom Co. Health Dept.

Educational  Service Districts

  • Puget Sound 121
  • Yakima 105
  • Anacortes 189
  • Tumwater 113
  • Spokane 101
  • Wenatchee 171
  • Bremerton 114

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