“Change talk” is a Motivational Interviewing expression that refers to language a client or patient uses that favors change. Recognizing, responding to, and eliciting change talk are three crucial skills practitioners must develop and apply to support clients/patients in making change. Whether in the context of a brief intervention or in an ongoing counseling relationship, when people use change talk to voice their intrinsic motivations, they are more likely to make a change. This webinar will review the technical aspects of recognizing, responding to, and eliciting change talk. It will also offer an opportunity to practice each of the above.


Alex Waitt is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He works regionally in western Pennsylvania and nationally supporting organizations to integrate Motivational Interviewing into their work practices, both clinically and administratively.

Additional Resources