Motivational Interviewing Strategies




Intermediate | Clinical Interventions

2.25 CE Credits | 2 Hrs. 27 Mins

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About the Course


Learn how motivational interviewing strategies align with the developmental needs of adolescents. In our Motivational Interviewing Strategies: Adolescents course, Dr. Aimee Chiligiris from Columbia University shares her expertise on using Motivational Interviewing (MI) when working with the adolescent population and their unique needs as they navigate from childhood into adulthood. This information and skill set can be used by a wide variety of practitioners, including health and wellness coaches, licensed mental health clinicians and other health care clinicians. The course also offers a selection of learning tools such as expert discussion and explanation, role plays, and knowledge checks. Learners must complete Motivational Interviewing Strategies: Foundations prior to starting this course.

Estimated Course Length: 2 Hours 27 Mins.

Course Includes: 12 modules consisting of a mixed media approach with roleplays, video interviews with subject matter experts, animation explainer videos, knowledge games, and more

Downloadable PDFs: 10 downloadable PDFs expanding on relevant course topics

Target Audience: Mental Healthcare Practitioners, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Psychologists, Mental Healthcare Students, Case Managers, & Coaches

Level of Instruction: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Motivational Interviewing Strategies: Foundations

Instructional Method: Self-paced; interactive; hybrid of audio, text, video, and learning checks

Accessibility Accommodations: Closed captioning of audio and video components. In order to request further accessibility accommodations, please email

After completing this course, you will be able to describe and employ the following:

  1. Explain how key concepts and motivational principles apply to adolescent clients.

  2. Describe the common themes a practitioner might encounter with adolescent clients.

  3. Evaluate the MI model as it pertains to adolescent client assessment and treatment.

Course Activities for CE Credits: ≥ 2 hrs. 39 min

  • Pre-Course Assessment (~5 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

  • Introduction: (~3 minute)

  • Module 1: Motivational Interviewing & Adolescents (~34 minutes)

  • Module 2: Vaping & Precontemplation Stage of Change (~27 minutes)

  • Module 3: Cannabis Use & Contemplation to Preparation Stage of Change (~18 minutes)

  • Module 4: Decline in Grades/Unstable Action of Change (~21 minutes)

  • Module 5: Getting in Fights with Parents & Recurrence (~15 minutes)

  • Post-Course Assessment (~7 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

Course Activities Not for CE Credits:

  • Participant Evaluation (~10 minutes

  • (OPTIONAL) Supplementary Videos for Learner and Learner’s Clients

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