ICMI 2017 DRAFT agenda Mar 24

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ICMI has a strong record of bringing together researchers focusing on healthcare, mental health, addictions, criminal justice, neuroscience, education, social justice, adolescent wellbeing, and other areas. A popular feature of the conference is the opportunity for onsite research consultations and collaborative opportunities involving many of the top MI researchers. ICMI also focuses on blending science and practice. MI is an ever-evolving approach informed by new data, and MI also evolves through the input of practitioners across many cultures, languages, and professions, regarding their experiences using MI in different settings with different focus areas. For those reasons, we are committed to having the ICMI conference be a place where both researchers and practitioners are welcome and valued, with a two-way focus on interchanging ideas and knowledge.



Clinical Trials, Methodology and Communication Science

  • We invite presentations on empirical studies of MI as an intervention or therapeutic method.
  • Examples include controlled clinical trials, comparative trials, mechanisms of action, as well as presentations focusing on fidelity, methodology, coding, and research design. The goals of this theme are to share the current state of the science regarding MI as a clinical method and to bridge between research and practice by focusing attention on practice implications of research. Presentations may be followed by invited discussant reflections from a practitioner perspective.

Implementation Science and Community Research

  • We invite studies on issues related to MI implementation.  Formal implementation science studies will be complemented with studies of MI in practice, including program development, staffing, adaptation and evaluation. A variety of perspectives will be considered, including administrative, practitioner, client, and relevant stakeholders such as policymakers and funders of services.
  • Examples include effectiveness and implementation studies, training studies, utilizing client feedback to guide practice, case studies of organizational change projects, measurement issues in clinical practice, incorporating clients as program consultants, and eliciting practitioner guidance of hypotheses for investigation.
  • The goals of this theme are to share current knowledge regarding MI in practice settings, identify tools for measurement of MI practice, increase incorporation of practitioner and client perspectives and experiences, and identify areas for future study in the practice of MI. Presentations may be followed by invited discussant reflections from researcher and client perspectives.

Theory and Related Science

  • We invite presentations on MI theory as well as theory and research areas that are generally outside of the realm of MI, and yet inform MI or could be used to inform future developments in MI.
  • Examples include theory or research in motivation, neuroscience, interpersonal interactions, positive psychology, self-determination theory, empathy, common factors in psychotherapy, health behaviors, addiction, values, cognition, and so on. Presentations on related clinical approaches that may overlap or complement MI are also welcome, including presentations on client-centered therapy, ACT, DBT, CBT, Narrative Psychotherapy, Appreciative Inquiry, and Participatory Healthcare. Presentations on combined approaches are quite welcome.
  • The goals of this theme are to increase engagement of MI scholars with broader scientific initiatives and ground MI in other related areas of study. Presentations may be followed by discussant reflections from invited MI conceptual and practitioner perspectives.


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Symposia/Panel Proposals:

You may send us your ideas for symposium themes. Symposia panels are 75-90 minutes in length, and should include 3-4 presenters focusing on a common theme, with a minimum of 15 minutes for discussion. We encourage cross-cultural presentations and presentations that include both researchers and practitioner commentators. Use the same form as abstracts for your proposal.




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Paper and Poster Presentations:

  • Paper presentations should present new and original research.
  • Presentations are typically 20 – 30 minutes.
  • Presentations should be informative and instructional for the audience, particularly reaching across perspectives (scientist, theorist, practitioner, client).
  • As an alternative to an oral presentation, presentations may be made through a visual format (poster display). Any MI-related topic is appropriate for a poster presentation, including theoretical contributions, completed studies, pilot studies, and works in progress. Poster presenters are expected to be at their poster during poster sessions. Poster presentations should be accompanied by single page summary handouts for conference attendees.

Discussion and Demonstration/Experiential Proposals:

  • The conference will include a limited number of extended sessions that vary from the speaker format. Discussion sessions will include a semi-structured discussion on an MI-related theme with identified discussion leaders. These discussions ideally will incorporate multiple perspectives of researchers, practitioners, clients, stakeholders, etc. Examples might include eliciting practitioner input on need for studies in particular settings/populations, incorporating clients as program consultants, etc. Demonstration/ experiential sessions might include demonstrations of structured MI protocols used in research or clinical practice (e.g., brief or telephone-based interventions) with the intent of sharing standardized methods with other researchers. Other presentations may involve structured MI interventions that are currently being utilized in practice settings to further develop research protocols and ideas for practitioners/managers. Additional examples might include conducting empathy screening in hiring new practitioners or research interventionists, training practitioners based on standardized adherence measures, etc. These are not meant to be general MI training sessions, which are featured instead at the annual MINT Forum.  These sessions may run one to two hours.



Abstract review: Abstracts will be evaluated by ICMI’s Scientific Committee using the following criteria:

  • Quality of abstract (clarity, appropriateness of content, innovativeness)
  • Relevance to ICMI’s conference themes.
  • Impact (likely to be effective in enhancing participants’ knowledge and skill levels)
  • Objectives (specific knowledge/insights participants will gain)
  • Application (practical, can be adapted/adopted)
  • Balance of subject material

ICMI reserves the right to accept or reject submissions at their sole discretion. 


Two pre-conference workshops will be offered on Sunday, June 18.

« Developing and Implementing MI-Consistent Practices in Research and Clinical Settings. » (William R. Miller & Theresa Moyers)

This full-day 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. » (Sylvie Naar & Jeffrey Parsons)

This no-cost half-day workshop will focus on implementation science models and methods, such as EPIS and RE-AIM.  Various funded projects will be review regarding goals, design, and implementation.  Practical tips and traps will be presented regarding research design, funding mechanisms, and grant submissions.