Motivational Interviewing  

Training Description:

This 7-hour online course is made up of video lessons with experts and activities to practice motivational interviewing techniques. Each video features Dr. Daniel Mullin, course director, in conversation with individuals who are experienced MI clinicians, trainers, and coaches. The format is an informal seminar on specific topics of Motivational Interviewing. Topics include:

  1. The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing
  2. OARS – Open questioning, Affirming, Reflecting, Summarizing
  3. Complex Reflections and Empathy
  4. Change Talk and Sustain Talk
  5. Responding to Discord
  6. The 4 Phases of MI and Developing Change Plans

Training Objectives:

After participating in this training participants will be able to:

  • Describe Motivational Interviewing
  • List the elements of the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing
  • Compare open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries
  • Describe the difference between open-ended and closed-ended questions
  • Compare the relationship between complex reflections and empathy
  • Describe ambivalence and its relationship to patient behavior change
  • Compare change talk and sustain talk
  • Describe three approaches to responding to sustain talk
  • List three strategies for responding to discord
  • Describe the four processes of Motivational Interviewing

Continuing Education Credits:

DisciplineApproval Statement
Licensed Social WorkerThis program has been approved for 7 Social Work Continuing Education hour(s) for re-licensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D91711 
Licensed PsychologistCE credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Academy (SCA) which is co-sponsoring this program. The Spiritual Competency Academy is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Academy maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For questions about receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact Berkshire AHEC at For questions about CE, contact Spiritual Competency Academy at 7 CE Hour(s).
MA Licensed Mental Health CounselorThis program has been approved for 7 Category I MaMHCA hours for re-licensure in accordance with 262 CMR. MEACP Authorization 24-065.
MA Licensed Alcohol and Drug CounselorThis course has been approved by the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Abuse Services/LADC Unit for 7 contact hours for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors and Assistants.
MA Registered NurseProgram meets the requirements for nursing contact hours as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing 244 CMR 5.04.
MA Licensed Marriage and Family TherapistThis activity has been certified by NEAFAST on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education. Certification # PC- 042208. 
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Please allow 3-4 weeks for email delivery of any CE Credit certificates from Berkshire AHEC, the CE Credit provider.