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Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Settings

by Frederick Rotgers, PsyD, ABPP 4 CE Credits

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.

Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 4 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Introduction
  • The Foundations of MI: Key Concepts
  • MI's Underlying Theories
  • Core Principles of MI: REDS
  • The Five Techniques: OARSE
  • Resistance: What It Is, How to Recognize It, and What to Do about It
  • Implementing MI in Healthcare Settings
  • Future Directions for MI Delivery
  • Web-based Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

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.