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Training and Tools to Support Your Practice.

We help individuals and organizations implement Motivational Interviewing to enhance their ability to engage and motivate their clients, patients, and staff.



Whether you are from an organization, government agency, school, or healthcare company seeking introductory or advanced training for staff, students, supervisors, managers, or leaders, or you're seeking feedback and coaching post training for yourself or others, we want to make learning Motivational Interviewing accessible and attainable. Take a look at some of the services we offer, but know that we love designing training and coaching programs that fit our clients' individual goals, budgets, and schedules.


We train healthcare and human services professionals, students, therapists, supervisors, managers, and organizational leaders to create successful relationships.

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MI Motivational Interviewing Workshops Trainers Los Angeles California


Introductory and Advanced

We deliver highly interactive Motivational Training workshops according to your needs. Introductory workshops are typically 1, 2, or 3 days. We also provide follow-up, booster, and advanced training.

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Gaining Skills Post Workshop/Training

Did you have a workshop but need practice and feedback to improve skills? Just some ways to get coaching:

*30 minute feedback session with a trainer via phone or webcam
*30 minute feedback session with written feedback. This allows you to track your progress.

*Immediate feedback during a 30 minute role play session with a standardized patient (actor). The trainer will coach you as you role-play.

MI Motivational Interviewing Webinars Coaching Training Trainers


Online Training

Tailored to You

It's tough for staff to find the time to get trained. Yet professionals need skills that will help improve outcomes. We tailor our webinars for organizations. It can be convenient and cost effective for large groups.

If you're looking for a complete stand-alone online training package, check out the MI Companion.

MI for Change Trainers

Mary Beth Abella, MSW, Principal

Being a helping professional is a tough job.  Our mission is to provide flexible and accessible evidence-based tools that dramatically increase the likelihood of client/patient success and lower burn-out for hard-working helping professionals. 


Our Trainers and Coaches are members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and have decades of experience training and coaching thousands of professionals in the fields of healthcare. substance abuse, corrections, youth, the elderly, homelessness, mental health, entertainment, and employment. We work with dedicated people who have a tough job--our goal is to make their jobs easier.


Co-Founder of Motivational Interviewing for Change, Mary Beth Abella has a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver and is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Since 2004, Mary Beth has been providing Motivational Interviewing training and coaching to thousands of professionals in hundreds of organizations in across California and the United States. She co-created the motivational component of Kaiser Permanente’s Healthy Balance and Freedom from Tobacco curricula, was the Motivational Interviewing consultant on a National Institutes of Health study that led to new published research on the mechanisms of Motivational Interviewing, and served on the training team at the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers’ (MINT), Training of New Trainers in Chicago, IL in 2022. 

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"Simply put, Mary Beth is a dynamic presenter. She utilizes many resources to make her presentations come alive! She is very skilled at drawing her audiences' attention throughout the training. It is evident that she is passionate about the subject matter and her excitement for MI is contagious!"

Christina Baker, RN

"I wanted to express how impressed I am with the services that were provided by Ms. Mary Beth Abella-Jacks. Not only was she kind and supportive, but also helped my Motivational Interviewing skills grow much more than I expected. I have been through Motivational Interviewing trainings several times over the past few years but her coaching was more helpful than any I have ever received."

Krista Matthews, RD, DaVita

"I would highly recommend Mary Beth to any group or individual, as she is able to create a non-judgmental, growth oriented atmosphere in which people can experiment with MI techniques as they find their clinical voices."

Joey Shanley,  LCSW, Actors Fund

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