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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:


Donation-based. MISP certification is an accessible, valuable certification for any communicator seeking work in the field of sustainability. Participants are asked to direct donate-what-they-can to Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA).  TEA utilizes MI to enhance their programatic outcomes. Your financial contribution to TEA is not a requirement to participate, all those seeking to gain this skillfulness are welcome even if they lack financial means to contribute.

2 Hour Intro. Motivational Interviewing mandates an introduction. The intro will include a bit of history, explanation of MISP, experiential learning.  Intros along with all trainings, are offered in Enviromentum's professional zoom room.

15 Hour Intermediate Workshop. This workshop series will be 6 X 2.5 hour sessions, each session will build on the last, and journaling assignments will unify the experience, solidifying your personal skill development. Example journal here.

8 Hour MITI Language Workshop. This workshop series will be 4 X 2 hour sessions. The MITI code 4.2.1 is NOT a computer code. MITI is a way to quantify interpersonal language. MITI coding will empower you to evaluate yourself and others to identify opportunities, strengths and weaknesses to become a competent, and confident MI practitioner.

15 Coded Samples. MI is a skill that develops with practice. Why learn a skill if you never use it? These samples and the subsequent review of the samples will be like a booster rocket for your skillfulness in MI.

20 Minute MITI-reviewed sample. The last step of your certification is the official selection and submission of a coded sample demonstrating proficiency in Motivational Interviewing at a good or higher level of performance. Note: we are here to help you reach this point, and are fully invested in you being your best. 

Personal MI Deployment Plan. This is your plan for deploying your skills in the way that best suits you. Vince, the facilitator, is available for personal coaching, to help you explore how best to reach your implementation goals.  All MISP certificants, and students are invited to the weekly "MI hangout" for developing community around our shared interest.


Get started on your MI journey by attending an Intro Session. i.e. 3 dates and times for intro sessions are available in April.

Host a MISP credentialing series

We currently deliver our workshops in Zoom. 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


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