Conference Materials:




IMCI 2017 agenda

ICMI-2017_Program_ Book

Miller/Moyers Pre-ICMI Workshop PPT slides


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New developments!

We are offering an interactive MI assessment systems demonstration session.  Developers and expert coders of several MI fidelity instruments – including the MITI, MITS, MICA, MISC, SCOPE, MI coach rating scale, and auto-coding approaches – will have coded the same video prior to the conference so participants can compare and contrast the information provided by each system.  Participants will get a close touch by viewing the video demonstration then circulating around to tables featuring one of the instruments and developers/coders who can help walk people through that system.  This event will take place alongside our poster session on Tuesday, June 20, 4:00 – 5:45.


Pre-conference workshops (Sunday, June 18):

Developing and Implementing MI-Consistent Practices in Research and Clinical Settings.  (William R. Miller & Theresa Moyers).  This workshop is for those interested in implementing high-quality MI practices in research and/or clinical settings.  It will distill current knowledge and experience relevant to hiring, training, supervising, coaching, coding, and quality assurance for MI-consistent interventions.

Implementation Science and Motivational Interviewing – Researchers’ Brainstorming/Planning Forum.  (Gregory Aarons, Steve Martino, Sylvie Naar). This half-day pre-conference meeting is being offered on Sunday afternoon at no cost to conference participants as a public service intended to increase awareness, knowledge and ability in designing, funding, and implementing grant-funded research using current implementation science models and methods, such as EPIS.  Various funded projects will be reviewed regarding goals, design, and implementation.  Practical tips and traps will be presented regarding research design, funding mechanisms, and grant submissions.


ICMI plenaries include:

MI Communication Science

Bill Miller will focus on how MI not only builds upon Carl Rogers’ client-centered therapeutic approach but also on the clinical science that Rogers first pioneered.  MI extended these traditions into new realms, to become the most widely-researched client-centered therapeutic approach.

Molly Magill and Delwyn Catley present new work extending our understanding of the communication science underlying MI practice.  Catley provides evidence of an important emerging pathway to change that may run alongside Change Talk in MI adaptations that include an educational component.  « Learning Talk » may foster change outcomes in much the same way as Change Talk, only in response to different intervention cues. Magill presents an expanded model of change discovered in their group’s meta-analytic work.  This expanded model supplements the technical and relational components with client-level intrapersonal factors, providing additional support for the overarching MI causal model of change while grounding it in a broader contextual model that incorporates influential client attributes, such as treatment-seeking status.

MI Implementation Science

Greg Aarons is a feature speaker who is an expert in implementation science, and along with Sylvie Naar and Steve Martino will share the latest on implementation science and MI, including funding opportunities, new and innovative designs and methods, and organizational interventions that promote the uptake of MI in community settings. Aarons will focus on leadership and organizational change interventions to boost Motivational Interviewing fidelity in community mental health and substance abuse organizations.  Naar will follow with « TMI (Tailored Motivational Interviewing or Too Much Information!) – MI Implementation in Multidisciplinary Adolescent HIV Clinics »   and Martino will offer « See One, Do One, Order One: Making Motivational Interviewing Easier to Implement on Medical Inpatient Units? »  

MI Theory

David Rosengren, Raymond Daugherty, and Allan Zuckoff grapple with the topic « MI and Persuasion: Opposites or Overlapping Forms of Influence? »  Their panel presentation considers MI in light of well-researched social psychological model of persuasion that provides central and peripheral routes to influencing others, and how persuasion and influence might fit into the process of MI, points of divergence and areas of concern. Terri Moyers, whose research group has wrestled with similar issues in the development of the MITI 4, will serve as discussant for this panel.


Other panel presentations include:

·        Change Talk (Amrhein, Apodaca, Carcone/Naar, Ernst).

·         Organizational Implementation – Helping Employees Change (Sumpter, Guntner, Klonek, Lehmann-Willenbrock, Sauffeld, Endrejat, Jenkins).

·         A Critical Appraisal of MI Competence Measures (Boom, Dobber, Eenshuistra, de Jonge).

·         Bridging Language Differences in Training, Implementation and Fidelity Monitoring of MI Interventions (Balán, Koken, Hunt)

·         Computational Technology to Support Automated MI Fidelity Feedback and Communication Science (Atkins, Perez-Rosas, Resnicow, Kotov, Carcone)

·         MI+ in African and Asian Settings – What did we learn?  (Van der Kswaak, Heijman, Saleh, Casanovas, Amref)

·         Integrating MI Across the Medical School Curriculum for Student and Faculty Learners (Hartlieb, Pedoussaut, Engle, Mccauley, Brown)

Additional topics include MI with childhood obesity, schizophrenia, medication adherence, shared decision making, family mediation, public health, fitness coaching, adolescent anxiety/depression care, chronic illness, health education, criminal justice, nursing, community mental health, social work, organizational training, cross-cultural applications, medical school training, brief consultations, nonclinical settings, vulnerable youth, alcohol misuse, end-of-life care, group MI for co-occurring disorders, and more.  Theoretical issues include a motivation X difficulty matrix model, MI effects on increasing hope, meaning and empowerment, linguistic implications for MI from trauma hypnotherapy, and more.

Social events: ICMI will not have a formal full-conference social event.  We will receive conference attendees at the conference lobby/bar/restaurant as well as next door in the adjacent Spruce Street Harbor park throughout the conference period.  In addition, we are offering excursions for those who may be interested to: a Philadelphia Phillies major league baseball game, the Philadephia Old City « Ghost Tour, » South Philly Cheesesteak and Bar Tour, a local rock concert (Jason Isbell), Old City Bar Tour, and more.  We will also share visitor information pertaining to local museums and other tour attractions available daytimes for those who choose to take some time to check out the city (and won’t judge you if you do).  Philadelphia is of course home to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed, and other American Revolutionary sites.  Also iconic are the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, immortalized by Sylvester Stallone’s triumphant run in the film « Rocky. »

Poster Session & Assessment Instrument Demonstrations

MI assessment instrument demonstrations (MITI, MITI auto-coding, MITS, MICA, SCOPE/MISC)

Participants will circulate among tables staffed by developers/researchers representing several MI assessment instruments, demonstrating how each instrument codes a 3-version standard video demonstration (MI-3: Rollnick – Suspicious Smoker – MI, Overly-directing, Overly-following).  Representatives may also indicate how they would use assessment results to coach/supervise the practitioner based on each video example.  Clips from the video will be available for participants to view.

Posters include:

Successful Integration of MI in the Healthcare Setting: Utilizing the MICA Coding System for Proficiency Development (Butterworth et al)
An Example of Gamification: Shared Decision Making Chutes and Ladders (Davis et al)
Resolving Ambivalence about Donating Blood with Brief Change Talk and Decisional Balance Interventions (Fox & France)
The Impact of MI Training for Medical Students Completing Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) (Gainey)
Can high school teachers deliver a Group MI intervention? An exploration using experiential data and an adapted form of the AMIGOS coding system (Godwin et al)
MI Mixer: Peer Practice for Medical Students (Gonzalex et al)
Developing Professional Communication with Selected MI Skills: A Nursing Student Simulation Lab Experience (Hall & Swoboda)
MI as a Theoretical Foundation for Educational Consultiation (Heberd & Watson)
What has sequential coding taught us about MI? (Houck)
Evaluating student learning using the MI Coach Rating Scale (Koken et al)
Quality assurance of MI: The Swedish Alcohol Helpline- an example (Lind, Heinemans et al.)
The adherence to MI in initial substance abuse sessions and its effect on treatment outcome. (Rakkolainen & Ehrling)
Development and Evaluation of a Brief, Primary Care Based MI Intervention for Preventing Unintended Teen Pregnancy (Ripp et al.)
Under Pressure: Effects of Legal Encouragement on Treatment Response in a Multisite Sample (Sadicario et al)
Autonomy, Competence, and Relatedness Predict Stress Eating in Midlife Women (Schreiber & Dautovich)
Death talk in end-of-life care – can MI help? (Skúlason et al)
Alcohol Identification & MI Brief Advice in England’s Criminal Justice System. (Tobutt)