This is an introductory course developed for clinicians who wish to increase their understanding of Motivational Interviewing (MI) principles, strategies, and techniques while enhancing their ability to engage with and treat clients who are ambivalent about or resistant to changing self-destructive, dysfunctional, or otherwise harmful behaviors. The content reviews the history and fundamental philosophy of MI before exploring the key principles, the meaning of “Spirit of MI,” and skill-based strategies and techniques necessary to apply MI effectively in clinical practice, including several Motivational Interviewing techniques. To complete the course, readers access online content that incorporates short web-based videos and case vignettes before passing the online posttest with a score of 80% or better to print a certificate of completion.
This course is for practitioners looking for specific MI strategies and techniques to use in clinical practice. This course is especially relevant for those who work with clients attempting to change self-destructive or harmful behaviors, whether through voluntary or mandated services.
After completing this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Identify key principles of the Motivational Interviewing approach.
- Identify key aspects of the “Spirit of MI.”
- Identify the three major characteristics of practitioners who are rated as having “high MI Spirit.”
- Describe the three key interviewing techniques (OARS, DARN-CAT, and elicit-provide-elicit).
- Describe key elements of the change process, the stages of change, and their relationship to MI.