Motivational interviewing (MI) is a behavioral technique that has been shown to be effective in promoting behavior change in a variety of mental health and medical contexts. Specific to behavioral medicine, MI can be extremely effective across the disease continuum – whether used to promote disease prevention or adherence to required regimens to thwart disease progression. This course presents a basic introduction to the application of MI in clinical practice. First, an overview of the history, underlying theory and basic principles of MI is provided. The course then explores how MI has been applied successfully in treating patients resistant to behavior change in a variety contexts. Basic techniques are discussed that can minimize resistance to change and promote motivational readiness leading to the uptake of health-related behaviors.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
- Describe the four basic principles of motivational interviewing practice and distinguish MI from other behavior change approaches.
- Identify the two phases of motivational interviewing and articulate how they differ from each other.
- Apply the theory of resistance to change used within MI to generate four ways to minimize patient resistance to change.