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Motivational Interviewing

Enhances importance, confidence and readiness
for making difficult changes.

What Is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change.

MI helps others become willing, able and ready for change. MI is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.

MI has been shown to outperform traditional persuasion strategies (such as advice-giving, education, and confrontation) for promoting sustainable behavior change. In contrast to persuasion strategies that seek to compel change through external mechanisms, MI strengthens an individual's intrinsic motivation through enhancing willingness, ability and commitment for positive change. MI does not impose change, but rather supports sustainable change in a manner congruent with the person's own values, concerns, beliefs and wishes.

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About Ali

Ali Hall (JD) is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and an independent consultant, trainer, and life coach, and recently served as a Lead Trainer for the International MINT Training for New Trainers (TNT) in Berlin.

I have been fortunate to have designed and facilitated more than twelve hundred Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshops for behavioral health clinicians, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, social services providers, health care practitioners and criminal justice professionals. I also regularly provide training for trainers in evidence-based practices.

I am a co-developer of the Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment (MICA) evaluation tool. I regularly provide MI coding training using the MICA and Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) systems. I provide coding services and skill development coaching, as well as consultation to systems for establishing communities of practice and for effective, sustainable MI implementation. I often design and evaluate MI interventions for funded research.

I served as the primary subject matter expert, demonstrating counseling scenarios, and providing coaching in a community of practice session in a video series of MI with vulnerable youth (see for additional information). I am a co-author of an MI skill-building manual and toolkit, to be released in late 2017 by PESI Behavioral Health Continuing Education. I serve as a reviewer for the National Registry for Evidence-Based Practices and Programs (NREPP). I also regularly provide workshops in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), applications of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and integration of MI and skill building evidence-based practices.

I spent my undergraduate years at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and completed graduate studies in organizational behavior at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, as well as a J.D. at the Cornell University School of Law. In my spare time, I participate in marathon swimming events raising funds for under-resourced kid’s charities.

My Client List

  • • Blue Shield of California
  • • MedStar Health
  • • US Dept of Veterans Affairs
  • • University of California at Davis
  • • Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Departments of Medicine and Surgery
  • • Johns Hopkins Employee Wellness Programs
  • • University of Maryland School of Social Work
  • • McKesson Patient Relations Solutions
  • • ViroPharma
  • • Maryland Department of Mental Hygiene
  • • Center for Strength-Based Strategies
  • • Health Education Training Institute
  • • University of Kentucky/Faith Moves Mountains Appalachian Lay Health Advisors
  • • Los Angeles County Department of Probation
  • • Riverside County Department of Probation
  • • Santa Clara County Department of Probation
  • • Marin County Department of Probation
  • • San Bernardino County Department of Probation
  • • Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole
  • • West Virginia Department of Corrections
  • • Carroll County (Maryland) Department of Health
  • • t3 Homeless Services
  • • MDRC
  • • MANILA Consulting
  • • Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake
  • • Anne Arundel Community College (Maryland)
  • • Healthy Howard County (Maryland) Health Coaching
  • • Nevada Nurses Association
  • • American Federation of Teachers
  • • Cigna
  • • University of Massachusetts Memorial Hospital and Medical School
  • • Delaware Technical Community College
  • • Delaware Department of Corrections
  • • Vital Decisions LLC
  • New Coding & Coaching Tool

    About Motivational Interviewing


    Ali has the unique ability to listen with the intent to understand the other person's point-of-view without judgment. This skill sets her apart as a truly talented and gifted consultant and trainer. She produces superlative work, from initial concept to final output. Ali is able to work seamlessly in the law enforcement field without the usual stumbling blocks. Ali receives you at face-value, always striving to be in-sync with your values and desires for your best self. I have always found her to be of top-notch value when hired to complete any job to date. You will always get more than you pay for. She's been my mentor and "go to" person for any training or instructional development needs I have had since 2008.”

    Debby Westcott, Los Angeles County Probation Officer and Motivational Interviewing Trainer and Consultant.


    I never would have guessed that a training on MITI coding could be so interesting and engaging. Thanks to the collaborative leadership style of Ali Hall and her modeling of Motivational Interviewing during the workshop, I came away with a comprehensive understanding of the MITI coding system and many coaching tips to use with the MI clinicians I train and supervise. Ali is a terrific trainer.

    Patricia A Burke, MSW, LCSW
    Member of MINT since 2004


    I learned so much from Ali's wonderful Motivational Interviewing training! I went back to seeing clients afterwards and realized that I was even more able to use MI spirit and skills than after some of the other workshops I attended, in large part because I believe her teaching better matched my learning style and I was really able to incorporate the concepts. I definitely want to learn more now: it not only helped my practice, but Ali's approach really helped me to learn to keep my skills in the forefront of my communication with clients. This training really solidified MI for me!

    Sindee Godansky
    Therapist in Private Practice

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