Trauma-Informed Motivational Interviewing

September 14, 2023


There is no cost to attend. All interested healthcare professionals are invited to participate. 


If you have questions, please email Tiffany Conroy.


In a quick-paced and dynamic training, participants learn Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills in the context of trauma-informed care, Harm Reduction, and the Stages of Change. Many who engage in services face critical changes to reach the employment and social outcomes we hope for them. Recent research on the brain and trauma gives those working with clients a new paradigm to improve outcomes for clients experiencing homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues, post-traumatic stress disorder, and poverty. This training presents the trauma-informed paradigm in a practical context, giving participants a theoretical basis and tools to apply immediately to their work with patients. 

Full Promoting the Integration of Primary and Behavioral Health Care Lunch and Learn Series

September 7, 2023 - Intersections of Oral Health, Mental Health, and Substance Use
September 14, 2023 - Trauma-Informed Motivational Interviewing
September 21, 2023 - Integrating Health Equity and Social Drivers of Health for Integrated Care: Supporting Whole Person Care
September 28, 2023 - Importance of Screening for Brain Injury in Behavioral Health Settings

Learning Objectives

  1. State the relationship between trauma and health risk behaviors.
  2. Implement the spirit of motivational interviewing into their relationship with patients.
  3. Utilize Trauma-Informed Motivational Interviewing to process change talk.


Tiffany Conroy, MSW, LISW 
Integrated Health Consultant, Iowa Primary Care Association

Ms. Conroy is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with 12 years of experience in trauma-informed services in the mental health and public health sectors, statewide program management, organizational leadership, stakeholder outreach and engagement, grant procurement and management, and trauma-informed systems change. She has experience providing clinical therapy in community mental health, a non-profit trauma-treatment program, and private practice. In her clinical work, Ms. Conroy specializes in complex trauma and survivors of violent crime. Additionally, she works in Public Health, focusing on violence prevention and response. She uses a public health lens as a private consultant in her trauma-informed systems change work.


Matt Bennett, MBA, MA

Matt Bennett is a relentless advocate for trauma-informed care and other interventions that help people and communities heal. His passion manifests in his books Connecting Paradigms, Talking about Trauma & Change, Heart Variability, and Trauma-Sensitive Early Education, as well as his Trauma-Informed Lens and Heart Rate Variability Podcasts. Mr. Bennett combines his master’s degrees in community psychology and business administration with his practical experience as a therapist and leader to develop research-based solutions to improve the health of individuals, staff, organizations, and systems. 

As a sought-after trainer, Mr. Bennett utilizes a participant-centered approach, which includes interactions and adult learning activities to maximize learning, retention, and application. Mr. Bennett’s presentations are a dynamic dance of innovative research, practical applications, and a passion for the art and science of helping others.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
09/14/2023 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
09/14/2023 - 1:00pm CDT

Accreditation Statements

  • MD:  This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS) through the joint providership of Des Moines University (DMU) and the Iowa Primary Care Association. DMU is accredited by IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live, online activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this activity for a maximum of 1.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.0 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • Other Healthcare Professionals: This live activity is designated for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.


No ineligible company provided financial support for this continuing education activity.


The planning committee member(s) and speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. 

Relevant to the content of this educational activity, the following individual(s) have no conflict(s) with ineligible companies to disclose.

  • Tiffany Conroy, MSW, LISW - Activity Director and Moderator
  • Matt Bennett, MA - Speaker


The information provided in this activity is for continuing education. It is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 IBON


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There is no cost to attend. All interested healthcare professionals are invited to participate. 


If you have questions, please email Tiffany Conroy.