Roxanne Sawatzky

Roxanne Sawatzky is passionate about using Motivational Interviewing (MI) in the employment sector. She has played a pivotal role in three research projects measuring the effectiveness of MI with employment service providers. Roxanne is the founder of Empowering Change, Inc., a leading organization empowering service providers to enhance existing interactions with multi-barriered individuals.  She has authored a book When They Choose Change, which focuses on the Four Steps to Resolving Ambivalence.  She has also co-authored an article on her first research project in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Roxanne is currently completing her second book.  This new book is about 21st Century Organizations which will be published in early fall, 2014.

Roxanne has her M.A. in Leadership and Organizational Change. She also holds a Certificate in Addictions counselling and case Management. While there are many good Motivational Interviewing trainers, membership in the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) is the only status accorded to training professionals. It is acknowledged by the MINT organization and can only be granted through direct train-the-trainer. Roxanne went to Spain in June, 2009 and as a result of the training taken there, is now a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

In her first project, she successfully managed a 3 year 1.3 million dollar research study for the Provincial and Federal Government with almost 3000 individuals participating. Her second project was with a First Nations community and her third project was with income assistance service providers in British Columbia. In her first research study, Roxanne trained project staff on Motivational Interviewing and designed processes, procedures and curriculum that were used in the project with individuals who were in various stages of work readiness. The following were a result of using Motivational Interviewing with a study and control group.  The results below are the outcomes of the study group.

There was a:

  • 25% increase in participants remaining active in employment programs

  • 34% increase in participants finding first time employment

  • 48% increase in participants maintaining employment for six-months or longer

An article on the above research study will be posted here soon.


Roxanne Sawatzky & Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Tweksbury Keynotes at Leadership Conference