Motivational Interviewing Virtual Workshop - Session #1



1:00pm - 3:00pm 



Primary Competency

Communication Skills

Please join the Colorado Community Health Worker, Patient Navigator and Promotore de Salud Alliance for the first installment of a three part series focused on motivational interviewing for patient navigators, community health workers and promotores. 

This series will specifically target reaching the ‘hard to reach’ population for cancer screening.  The first session will focus on the basic skills of motivational Interviewing and applying case studies around specific barriers to apply and practice motivational interviewing.  This work is based off of the experience of the Colorado Cancer Screening Program for colorectal cancer and now expanded to also include breast and cervical screening, HPV vaccination, lung cancer screening and also prostrate screening. 

We encourage participation statewide and specifically invite rural partners to join us for this special event. 

This "virtual workshop" will be held using Zoom, which is free and easy to use. Zoom will allow us to connect face-to-face, without requiring travel. The trainer for this workshop will utilize breakout rooms so that participants have an opportunity to practice skills.

Funding for this initiative is provided from the Colorado Cancer Coalition.

Learning Objectives

By the end of session 1, participants will be able to integrate basic motivational techniques when having conversations about preventive cancer screening


  • Apply focusing skills when having conversations with clients with multiple needs
  • Apply the elicit, provide, elicit motivational interviewing technique when providing specific cancer screening information to patients/clients
  • Integrate the OARS techniques when working with patient/client populations who have many barriers to accessing preventive cancer screening
  • Identify common barriers to preventive cancer screening to better understand how to communicate with patients/client/community about preventive cancer screening
Length of Learning Opportunity
2 hours
Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Bonita Bird, RN, BSN, CACIII (retired), MINT Trained

Bonita is a nurse consultant providing training in Motivational Interviewing to Health Care Providers.  She has 24 years experience as a Public Health Nurse and 20 years as a Certified Addictions Counselor.  She attended Motivational Interviewing Training New Trainers October 2008 and has provided training for Public Health Nurses, Case Managers and Providers in Medical Offices and participated in two ECHO Colorado Navigator online MI trainings.

Development Partner(s)

Hosted & Organized by: Colorado Community Health Worker, Patient Navigator and Promotore de Salud Alliance 

Funded by: Colorado Cancer Coalition

Technical Requirements

The virtual workshop simulates an in-person training environment by having all participants on screen via video. This allows for an engaging and interactive learning environment where you get to know the instructor and the other participants. Participation via video is required. We use the Zoom platform, which is free and easy. You can join via a computer with a webcam, a laptop, tablet, or your smartphone.

We’re here to help - we’ll provide instructions and our session support team is available to walk you through setup if you’re new to this!

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