Motivational Interviewing Strategies


Substance Use Disorders


Intermediate | Clinical Interventions

1.75-2.00 CE Credits | 2 Hrs.

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About the Course


Increase your effectiveness working with clients with substance use disorders by using Motivational Interviewing Strategies. In our Motivational Interviewing Strategies: Substance Use Disorders course Dr. Sam Lookatch from Columbia University shares her expertise on Motivational Interviewing Strategies and the unique considerations when using them with clients with substance use disorders. 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 our Motivational Interviewing Strategies: Foundations course prior to having access to this course.

Estimated Course Length: 2 Hours

Course Includes: 6 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. Describe why motivational interviewing strategies are well-suited for clients with substance use disorders.

  2. Explain key considerations when using five motivational principles with clients with substance use disorders.

  3. Evaluate how to apply the five motivational principles and OARS, through different stages of change, when working with clients with substance use disorders.

Course Activities for CE Credits: ≥ 1 hr. 36 min.

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

  • Introduction: (~25 minutes)

  • Module 1: MIS: SUDS Principles in Action Role Play (~20 minutes)

  • Module 2: Role Play 2: Recent Relapse (~12 minutes)

  • Module 3: Role Play 3: Adding Treatment Components (~16 minutes)

  • Module 4: Role Play 4: Medication-Assisted Therapy (~21 minutes)

  • Module 5: Course Summary (~3 minutes)

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

Course Activities for CE Credits:

  • Participant Evaluation (~10 minutes

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

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