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Motivational Interviewing With Adolescents and Young Adults

Second Edition

About the Course

This course will thoroughly review the information presented in the book Motivational Interviewing (MI) with Adolescents and Young Adults: Second Edition (2021, Guilford Press). This course will cover how mental health practioners can use Motivational Interviewing (MI) to have productive conversations about behavior change with adolescents and young adults. This book/course covers strategies for helping adolescents and young adults to open up about their concerns and struggles, to explore alternatives, and to make healthier choices regarding a variety of issues, including, but not limited to, substance use, obesity, smoking, alcohol use, and medication compliance. Topics such as using MI with individuals and groups and involving caregivers in the treatment process will be discussed. The current four-process model of MI will be explained, along with update of a fifth process. This book/course will review case examples, sample dialogues, helpful reference tables, skill-building activities, and MI “dos and don’ts.” Additionally, the research regarding the use of MI will be reviewed and discussed, along with ethical considerations and future directions.

This course is based on the book, Motivational Interviewing With Adolescents and Young Adults created by Sylvie Naar, Ph.D. and Mariann Suarez, Ph.D. in 2021.

Publication Date:

Second Edition Aug 2021

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.

Sylvie Naar, Ph.D.

Sylvie Naar, Ph.D., is Distinguished Endowed Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine. She is also Founding Director of FSU’s Center for Translational Behavioral Science. She is trained as a pediatric health psychologist and has conducted health disparities research with minority youth since the 1990s. With over 160 publications, Dr. Naar has both clinical and research expertise in behavioral interventions for youth living with HIV, focusing on adherence to medications, adherence to appointments, substance use, and sexual risk. A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), she has provided numerous trainings to agencies and treatment organizations nationally and internationally. with particular emphasis on motivational interviewing (MI) with adolescents and young adults. For more information, please visit: and

Mariann Suarez, Ph.D.

Mariann Suarez, PhD, ABPP, is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education at the University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Suarez is a community–clinical and pediatric psychologist, with specialization in child abuse and neglect and board certification in behavioral and cognitive psychology. She served on the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology and publishes on the use of MI in the treatment of substance use problems, neurocognitive developmental issues, and parenting concerns. A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) for decades, she provides training nationally and internationally, with particular interests in teaching health care and community providers to use MI and evidence-based practices with adolescents and young adults. Please visit:

Course Creator

Anna Lynn Hollis, Ph.D., School Psychologist

Anna Hollis, Ph.D., NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist currently living near Detroit, Michigan. She is licensed as a psychologist in 2 states (Michigan and South Carolina) and certified as a school psychologist in in 5 states (South Carolina, Michigan, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maryland). She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP); the Michigan Association of School Psychologists (MASP); and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). Dr. Hollis obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Her professional interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Positive Psychology; Trauma-Informed Practice; and Urban School Psychology.

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. Recognize the developmental challenges and opportunities of adolescents and young adults and discuss the reasons why the use of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in clinical work is appropriate and effective for this population.
  2. Identify the four-process model of MI and discuss the fifth process that is introduced in this edition.
  3. Describe and define MI and discuss what MI is, as well as what it is not.
  4. Discuss the processes of MI in individual and group therapy and the author's recommendations for working with caregivers.
  5. Describe the ethical considerations involved with MI and describe the author's recommendations for future directions for MI.

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Course Number 103317
  • 12 CE credit hours
  • ASWB ACE: 10 CE credit hours

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