Motivational Interviewing Sustainability Practitioner (MISP)

Why Motivational Interviewing?

  • "Motivational Interviewing can change the world" - Jennifer Read, PhD, Clinical Psychology

  • "What? Your using MI to stop climate change - OMG that's brilliant" - every social worker ever

  • "As someone without training in Psychology it {Motivational Interviewing} just feels natural - and better." - Anon

  • "{MI} is an alternative to our righting reflex to try to persuade people to do the right thing" - William Miller, PhD, Clinical Psychology and "Father of Motivational Interviewing" 


Motivational Interviewing is the most evidence based way to help people change. The approach is so simple, and humble it attracts next to no attention, yet this doesn't change its effectiveness.


People change for their own intrinsic reasons. Motivational Interviewing is the process for helping people to explore those intrinsic motivations with us. As Motivational Interviewers we help people resolve feelings of ambivalence and our collaborative spirit helps people get more deeply in touch with their reasons - in a way that enhances their self-worth.


Motivational Interviewing enhances the autonomy of individuals to decide for themselves what is best for them based on their own reasons. By realizing that others have the right to choose for themselves, we change the spirit in which we communicate with others, and this ripples through every statement we make.  We become less pushy, and less focused on our own reasons for others to change, making space for their reasons, their plan of action, and ultimately their choice to change or not change.


Enviromentum is committed to equity. The MISP certification program is being offered at no cost (regular $3000), to ensure economic access to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.  We encourage all MISP attendees to share this program with their networks to continue sharing access to skills to deeply impact global sustainability goals.

Along with financial need, we know you may experience other barriers to participation. Our goal is to facilitate access. If for any reason you are experiencing barriers to participation please let us know and we will work on collaborative solutions. 

The Requirements:

Cost. The MISP certification from intro to complete certification is offered to you at no cost. If you are thinking "what is the catch", the catch is - use your Motivational Interviewing skills to facilitate cultural change. We are sharing these skills because we need powerful communicators changing the culture of how climate change is perceived. The final project will affirm you have the skills to succeed and a plan to make the positive change in your life and community.

2 Hour Intro. Motivational Interviewing mandates an introduction. The intro will include a bit of history, explanation of MISP, experiential learning, and detail options for completing practicum hours. Intros are held at the Centre for Social Innovation, 720 Bathurst St.

20 Practicum Hours. Between July, 2019, and October 2019 We have the opportunity to connect MISP candidates with very easy to find practicum hours.

15 Hour Intermediate Workshop. This workshop will be on two consecutive weekend days, with 7 journaling assignments to be completed nightly between the two workshop days. Download your journal here.

8 Hour MITI Language Workshop. The MITI code 4.2.1 is NOT a computer code.  This is a way to quantify interpersonal language. The MITI coding process will empower you to evaluate yourself and others to identify whether the target audience of a communication will be likely to change, or resist change as a result of the message.

20 Minute MITI-reviewed sample. The last step of your certification is the submission and validation of a video or audio sample of you conducting Motivational Interviewing at a good or higher level of performance.

Personal MI Deployment Plan. Vince will provided personal coaching. You will build your own plan for making a difference using Motivational Interviewing skills.


Intro Sessions listed on eventbrite at this link. The intro will be a great way to learn more about if MISP is right for you.

Host a MISP credentialing series

We currently deliver our workshops from Waterloo to Toronto. We are happy to accommodate learning access collaboratively with you. If you are interested in bringing MISP series workshops  to your school, business, NGO, club etc. please send an email to