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Motivational Interviewing Part 1

Helping people change and grow

About the Course

Motivational Interviewing is a decades-old but still vibrant and effective approach to helping through the process of change. Building on clinical experience and research over fifty years, the authors offer a description of a philosophy of helping that can be implemented regardless of specific theoretical orientation. Offering description, rationale, and case examples, this book offers valuable information to clinicians at any experience level. Recognizing that MI is used by helpers outside of mental/behavioral health, the authors provide some focused insights specifically for therapists throughout the text.

This course is based on the book, Motivational Interviewing Part 1 created by William R. Miller, PhD and Stephen Rollnick, PhD in 2023.

Publication Date:

Fourth Edition 2023

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.

William R. Miller, PhD

William R. Miller, PhD, is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. His research has focused on understanding addiction and its treatment including the interface between spirituality and psychology. His work has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals.

Stephen Rollnick, PhD

Stephen Rollnick, PhD, is Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom. His research focuses on good practice in efforts to promote change and behavior change among patients, clients and the practitioners who serve them. Dr. Rollnick is a co-founder of Motivational Interviewing and has published multiple books and articles on this topic.

Course Creator

Barbara F. McMillan, LPC
Barbara McMillan, BA, MS, EdD, LPC has 35 years of experience as a therapist, clinical director, and administrator in mental health and substance abuse programs. She holds degrees in psychology and education, and has been a licensed professional counselor and supervising counselor for many years. After 18 years in various roles in private and public mental health settings, she became a full-time college psychology and sociology instructor.

Recommended For:

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

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Discuss the underlying values of motivational interviewing.
  2. Identify the steps in assisting change through MI.
  3. Describe relevant skills for each step in the process.
  4. Differentiate MI from Rogerian Client-centered therapy and other similar-sounding approaches.
  5. Describe sustain talk and change talk and identify appropriate responses to each.
  6. Distinguish strategies for selecting, refining, implementing, and evaluating goals.

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103408
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