Endowed Chair Symposium

Established in 1992, the Endowed Chair Symposium is an event funded by the Benedictine Foundation of Sacred Heart Hospital, hosted by Mount Marty College and coordinated by the current Endowed Chair. Although the speakers and topics change from year to year, the purpose of the symposium remains the same; to improve the care of people in our region, through continued education of those who provide that care, often times the nurses and health professionals in our region. The symposium is open to all disciplines, however, as topics are relevant to most service-related careers.

2018 Symposium Topic- Motivational Interviewing

Overview: This educational event is specially designed to train the audience on motivational interviewing progressing from basic understanding to more advanced communication/listening skills and strategy. Underlying all of the skills and strategies is a belief, an attitude, a core intention about working with people. This is called the "Spirit" of Motivational Interviewing. This "way of being with people," has a significant impact on outcomes. Tools, assessments, education and resources can evoke resistance when the intention is to "fix". At its heart, the spirit of Motivational Interviewing is one of true partnership, of shared expertise, of moving in a common direction, at a comfortable pace. Simply "believing in" partnership and empathy is not enough. Motivational Interviewing skills are measurable and observable and have shown an impact on behavior and health outcomes on six continents.

  • Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018, from 7:30 am-3:00 pm. Doors open & registration begins at 7:00 am
  • Location: Mount Marty College Marian Auditorium 1105 W. 8th Street, Yankton, SD 57078
  • Who should attend: Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Mount Marty Students, and Faculty. Admission is free for these individuals.
  • Objectives:
    1. Listen for my client’s values, concerns, beliefs, and use them as the foundation to build a relationship and treatment plan.
    2. Ask open-ended questions that engage clients in the process of change.
    3. Practice and strengthen reflecting back before replying or responding immediately, thus avoiding ineffective “ping-pong-style” conversations.
    4. Provide education and recommendations in an effective style that keeps clients interacting.
    5. Increase my clients’ confidence by affirming strengths, rather than offering praise.
    6. Expand current knowledge/skills to achieve even better results with patients.

View the detailed program schedule.


About the Speaker - Jonnae Tillman

Jonnae TillmanJonnae Tillman is a clinical researcher at the University of Washington in the School of Social Work and School of Medicine and an adjunct professor at Seattle University in the College of Nursing. Jonnae has been a national trainer, researcher, and consultant in motivational interviewing for 18 years, providing training in rural healthcare, diabetes management, high-risk patient communication, correctional healthcare, marijuana dependence and opioid overdose prevention, as well as adolescent mental health and palliative care patient coordination. She has authored online continuing education on the use of motivational interviewing in primary care for patients living with Type 2 Diabetes, provided supervision in emergency medicine at NYU/Bellevue Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital and UW Harborview Medical Center and presented nursing grand rounds at numerous hospitals throughout Washington. 

Quotes from previous attendees of Jonnae's conferences

"Jonnae was very knowledgeable about the subject. I have attended several trainings on this subject and
this one was the most grounded in science and instructive on how to implement the technique in
practice. She was a very dynamic speaker."

"I noticed an immediate difference in my interactions with patients. The next day, I realized that I was talking significantly less, and my patients were revealing significantly more! In the words of one of my patients, "Thanks for taking the time to work things out with me. I appreciated the back and forth dialogue, not just someone telling me what to do."