Motivational Interviewing Strategies




Intermediate | Clinical Interventions

2.75-3.00 CE Credits | 3 Hrs. 8 Min

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About the Course


Help your clients overcome their ambivalence to change by using Motivational Interviewing Strategies. In our Motivational Interviewing Strategies: Foundations course Dr. Sam Lookatch and Dr. Aimee Chiligiris from Columbia University share their expertise on the five principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI), the four MI processes, and MI communication skills. 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. The course also includes supplementary tools like printable resources and is a prerequisite for both our Motivational Interviewing Strategies: Adolescents course and our Motivational Interviewing Strategies: Substance Use Disorders course.

Estimated Course Length: 3 Hours 8 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: 8 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: None

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

Accessibility Accommodations: Color contrast; transcripts of video components; 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 the key concepts and five motivational principles.

  2. Describe the common barriers for practitioners and clients new to motivational interviewing and ways to overcome them.

  3. Evaluate how to apply the five motivational principles and OARS, through different stages of change.

Course Activities for CE Credits: ≥ 2 hrs. 4 min

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

  • Introduction: (~6 minutes)

  • Module 1: Origins of Motivational Interviewing (~12 minutes)

  • Module 2: Principles of Motivational Interviewing (~9 minutes)

  • Module 3: MI Communication Tools (~5 minutes)

  • Module 4: Applying Motivational Interviewing (~20 hours)

  • Module 5: Client Assessment & Orientation (~11 minutes)

  • Module 6: Role Play 1: Client Orientation to Motivational Interviewing (~13 minutes)

  • Module 7: Individual Client Sessions (~7 minutes)

  • Module 8: Role Play 2: Engaging (~16 minutes)

  • Module 9: Role Play 3: Focusing (~17 minutes)

  • Module 10: Role Play 4: Evoking (~21 minutes)

  • Module 11: Role Play 5: Planning (~18 minutes)

  • Module 12: Course Wrap-Up (~2 minutes)

  • Post-Course Assessment (~10 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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