Motivational Interviewing Training For Dartmouth Faculty and Staff

In partnership with the Dialogue Project, wellness specialist Caitlin Barthelmes will lead a two-day training for faculty and staff in this evidence-based collaborative communication style on March 19 and 21. Register by March 11. 

In partnership with the Dialogue Project, wellness specialist Caitlin Barthelmes will lead a two-day training in Motivational Interviewing (MI) for faculty and staff on March 19 and 21.  

MI is a collaborative communication style for supporting individuals through growth and change. This evidence-based approach has broad applications for working with students and others and can be an instrumental tool for advisors, coaches, facilitators, and educators. MI is practiced, studied, and taught in many nations and languages and has been found to be culturally adaptable.

The March 19 and 21 training will take place at the Life Sciences Center (Room 201) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register by March 11.  The training is free and open to faculty and staff across Dartmouth. Lunch and snacks will be provided.

Barthelmes serves as director of the Student Wellness Center and as a member of the Dialogue Project's steering committee. She has been a member since 2012 of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, an international collective committed to promoting high-quality MI training. Her practice of MI began at Brown University in 2007, where she was involved in a vibrant research community seeking to understand the effects of MI through brief interventions in emergency departments and on college campuses. Her research has been published in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. Barthelmes later became part of the BNI-ART Institute at the Boston University School of Public Health/Boston Medical Center, which aims to translate evidence-based research into practice, particularly in health care settings.

The Dialogue Project provides intentional training in the development of essential collaborative dialogue skills—fostering a community that cultivates the respectful and open exchange of ideas. Programming for students, faculty, and staff builds skills in such topics as empathetic listening, managing emotions, navigating conversations, and finding points of connection. To learn more, visit