MI Skills Building: Exploring the Four Tasks of MI - Evoking

Pittsburgh, PA US
May 14, 2024

This session will cover the evoking phase and process of motivational interviewing. Evoking answers the question, “Why do you want to go there?”, and spotlights motivation for change and pulls forward relevant change talk.

Target Audience

ISD Clinical Staff

Learning Objectives

ANCC & Social Work Objectives:

  1. Define the focusing task and discuss the benefits
  2. Identify Person-Centered skills to aid in the process of evoking with clients
  3. Apply evoking skills to a case scenario exercise


Pharmacy Objectives:

  1. Assess personal ability to elicit change in a patient behavior via the evoking process
  2. Apply components of the evoking phase and process to clinical scenarios to improve practitioner’s ability to motivate for change behavior
Course summary
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Event starts: 
05/14/2024 - 9:00am EDT
Event ends: 
05/14/2024 - 10:00am EDT

Program begins at 9:00am and ends at 10:00am.  Total Education Time = 1 Hour(s)




9 am-9:15 am

Define the focusing task and discuss the benefits.

Michael Connell, MS

Amanda Gabarda, EdD, MPH, NBC-HWC

9:15 am-9:45 am

Identify Person-Centered skills to aid in the process of evoking with clients.

Michael Connell, MS

Amanda Gabarda, EdD, MPH, NBC-HWC

9:45 am-10 am

Apply evoking skills to a case scenario exercise.

Michael Connell, MS

Amanda Gabarda, EdD, MPH, NBC-HWC

UPMC Health Plan
600 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
United States

Michael Connell, MS

Mr. Connell is the Clinical Engagement Coordinator for UPMC Health Plan’s Clinical Education Team. Mr. Connell has a master’s degree in Exercise Physiology and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Connell was a Health Coach at the UPMC Health Plan for six years where he had extensive experience coaching members to adopt healthy behaviors, including smoking cessation, physical activity, nutrition, stress management, and weight management. Mr. Connell was responsible for training the engagement and coaching skills of the lifestyle health coach team from 2010 to 2015. Mr. Connell is currently responsible for improving the engagement and Motivational Interviewing skills of clinical staff at the UPMC Health Plan, including RNs, Health Coaches, and Case Managers.


Amanda Gabarda, EdD, MPH, NBC-HWC

Dr. Gabarda is the Senior Director of Clinical Training & Development at UPMC Health Plan where she is responsible for the creation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of training and skill development of lifestyle health coaches and care managers. She has a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University, a Master of Public Health from Walden University, and a Doctor of Education in Health and Physical Activity from the University of Pittsburgh.  Ms. Gabarda is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach, and a Certified Health Education Specialist and has 15+ years of experience in health promotion and health coaching.

In support of improving patient care, the University of Pittsburgh is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Pharmacy (CPE)

This knowledge-based activity provides 1 contact hours of continuing pharmacy education credit(s).   Pharmacists Only: As required by the ACPE, credits will be uploaded to the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). It is the responsibility of the pharmacist/pharmacy technician to provide the correct NABP Board ID and DOB in their UPMC continuing education account, http://cce.upmc.com   and complete the evaluation by the required due date. Credit will not be uploaded to the NABP if the process is not complete by the required due date.


Nursing (CNE)

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1 contact hour(s).


This activity is eligible for endorsed credit for UPMC Health Plan EMTs and Paramedics.  Complete ETHOS course work, obtain the attendance certificate, and submit to EMS governing body for 1 CE credit(s).

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, University of Pittsburgh is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. University of Pittsburgh maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1 continuing education credit(s).

CCM CE is not provided for this educational activity.

Other health care professionals will receive a certificate of attendance confirming the number of contact hours commensurate with the extent of participation in this activity.

NOTE:  Paramedic/EMT CE is approved for any activity in which ANCC (nursing CE) is approved.  This is per Heather Bogdon and Christie Hempfling

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