Sky Kershner motivational interviewing therapist counselor



Sky Kershner offers a WV-MI Certificate Training Programs in Motivational Interviewing


WV-MI offers three levels of certificate based on your level of experience: Basic, Intermediate, Advanced/Coach.


Each level of certification is based on the helper’s ability to demonstrate MI Spirit and specific MI Skills. Demonstrations can be in a live observed role play with a WV-MI Coach, or via a recording, coded by us, or by an outside coder using the a standardized coding tool called the MITI.


The Basic Level, WV-MI Level 1, is just a 5 minute recording demonstrating the use of OARS. Sounds simple, right? Give it a try and see how you do. Did you end up giving advice or a making a 'friendly suggestion' or try to fix something in the speaker's world? This is where is gets hard, sometimes really hard!


If you get stuck, WV-MI offers practice sessions and coaching to help you advance your practice.

Current Workshop and Practice Sessions Schedule


How to Qualify for WV-MI Certfication:

1 - Download the free Otter recording app onto your smart phone at

2 - Record a 5 minute MI conversation with someone who has given you permission

3 - Listen to the recording and score it for number of Questions, number or Reflections, and if heard yourself give advice or a “friendly suggestion.”  

4 - If you think it passes, share it via the Otter app with


WV Motivational Interviewing Basic Level 1 Certificate
Produce a 5 min demonstration of OARS skills, without fixing :)
Download the app to your phone to make a recording
(It usually takes a few practice groups to get to L1)


WV Motivational Interviewing Intermediate Level 2 Certificate
Produce a 10 min demonstration of OARS, A-O-A, and evoking Change Talk
(It usually takes a few more practice groups to get to L2)


WV Motivational Interviewing Advanced Level 3 / WV-MI Coach Certificate
Produce two in a row 15 min demonstrations of MI
And Pass an MI competency exam
(It usually takes a bunch of practice groups to get to L3)


Questions? Email me :)


Motivational Interviewing, as an organization, does not yet offer a national credential in MI at the practitioner or coach level. WV-MI offers certificates in MI to recognize levels of competence in MI in the context of the unique culture and values of West Virginia. We use the MITI and the MISC to code recordings and to assess MI model fidelity.


WV-MI workshops and practice sessions are led by Sky Kershner, LCSW, DMin or by a WV-MI Trained Coach. Sky is a member of MINT  (the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers), and is one of 85 MINT Certified Trainers world-wide. MINT is the only official body of Motivational Interviewing. MINT Members practice internationally recognized methods to promote, teach, train, and assess competency in Motivational Interviewing.


WV-MI workshops and practice sessions are led by Sky Kershner and by WV-MI coaches trained by Sky. Sky is has an MSW and a Doctor of Ministry degree, and is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the WVU School of Medicine, Charleston Division.


Click here to print the WV-MI Certification Program doc.


Become a WV-MI Champion
Commit to coming to two MI online practice groups a month
Receive special advanced training opportunities, email us for details