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Motivational Interviewing

Author: Jassin M. Jouria, MD
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Course Created: 2018

Practice Level: Advanced

No book to buy Duration: 4 hours
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Course Summary

Motivational interviewing is a method that promotes positive behavior change. It can be used in a multitude of healthcare environments and situations to promote patient adherence to treatment and progress toward improved health outcomes. Motivational interviewing is based on the principles of therapeutic communication and instead of providing advice, or even just a listening ear, the interviewer acts as a coach for the patient. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative process that edifies and makes the patient responsible for personal choices. It is not exclusively a stand-alone therapy. It can be incorporated into treatments and routine care for patients with various health issues, including those with physical health problems, mental health issues, or substance use and addiction disorders. Motivational interviewing has also successfully been used along with other forms of therapy to improve the connection between the patient and the clinician and to alter the process at which the patient makes life changes.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  • Define motivational interviewing and the basic structure of its use in treatment or therapy.
  • List the four main principles associated with motivational interviewing.
  • Describe techniques used as part of motivational interviewing to assess ambivalence and foster change in the client.
  • Explain how motivational interviewing can be used as part of treatment for substance abuse and addiction.

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • An Overview
  • Stages Of Readiness For Change
  • Empathy And Engaging The Patient
  • Motivational Interviewing Process And Techniques
  • Lifespan And Cultural Perspectives
  • Disease Management And Motivational Interviewing
  • Diabetes And Motivational Interviewing
  • Heart Disease And Motivational Interviewing
  • Severe And Persistent Mental Illness
  • Depression And MI
  • Suicide And MI
  • Co-occurring Disorders And MI
  • Personality Disorders And MI
  • Motivational Interviewing And Prenatal Care
  • Addiction And Pregnancy
  • Smoking Cessation And Motivational Interviewing, provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 07/08/21-07/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 4 clinical continuing education credits.

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