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Brief Motivational Interviewing and Adolescent Alcohol Use

About the Course

These articles discuss the use of motivational interviewing (MI) as a treatment for adolescent alcohol use. One article focuses on MI’s impact of heavy drinking days and the other looks at MI and normative (NF) feedback and how they impact percent change talk (PCT).

This course is based on the article, How Does Brief Motivational Intervention Change Heavy Drinking and Harm Among Underage Young Adult Drinkers? created by Molly Magill, LICSW, PhD, et al in 2017 and the article, Brief Motivational Interviewing and Normative Feedback for Adolescents: Change Language and Alcohol Use Outcomes created by Jordan P. Davis, MSW, PhD, et al in 2016.

Publication Date:

May 2017 and June 2016

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Molly Magill, LICSW, PhD

Dr. Molly Magill is an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Director of Biostatistics at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. Dr. Magill's broad area of study is mechanisms of behavior change in psychosocial treatment for alcohol and other drug use disorders.

Jordan P. Davis, MSW, PhD

Jordan Davis is an assistant professor in the department of Children, Youth and Families. He has devoted much of his career to research addressing substance use and the developmental needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations. Davis’ primary research focuses on substance use disorder treatment among marginalized youth. His intervention work mainly concentrates on Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention and how it can be utilized to address issues facing at-risk youth.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify that alcohol use is a problem with adolescents and young adults.
  2. Acknowledge that young adults not in a 4 year college program are under represented in research, in spite of their increased risk for substance abuse.
  3. Extrapolate that MI is effective in this population, percentage of change talk is not a predictive tool for binge drinking, cannabis use and treatment engagement, and NF should not be used unless there is a certain percentage of change talk, as it increased substance use in some patients.

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Course Number 102521
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