Todd & Melanie provide training nationally,
but they call Buffalo, NY home.


Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based practice for supporting clients through ambivalence and helping them move toward readiness for change.

It is especially useful for working with clients who are resistant to change or have dealt  with chronic life setbacks.

We offer trainings for practitioners, ranging from two-hour tasters to multi-day workshops and year-around consulting and coaching.

We also provide national training at agencies on the use of Motivational Interviewing for
Child Welfare practitioners.  Please reach out about this service.


Todd & Melanie Sage


Todd Sage, MSW

MINT Trainer

Todd a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. He is a college professor and licensed drug and alcohol counselor in New York. He teaches graduate classes in Motivational Interviewing, Research, and other practice skills.

His practice experience includes work in substance abuse counseling, domestic violence, with law enforcement, child welfare, and with Veterans.


Melanie Sage, PhD, MSW

MI Trainer

Melanie has been a social worker since 2001. She is a college professor and teaches courses in family work and other practice skills. She's been teaching social work students about how to use MI since 2011.

She also researches and speaks nationally about the use of technology, social media, and ethics in social work practice. Her direct practice experience includes work with child welfare, psychiatric programs, crisis lines, homeless veterans, substance abuse treatment screening, and private practice.