Course Overview

This course will go more in depth regarding the four processes that make up Motivational Interviewing. It also introduces you to what an example of the practice looks like in a typical sequence. We’re also introduced to the three styles of Motivational Interviewing. We also examine what an ideal guide looks like.

Purpose of this Course

  1. Define and establish the foundation of the Motivational Interviewing process and how they are utilized to evoke change from clients.
  2. To examine the role and qualities of the interviewer through the Motivational Interviewing process.
  3. To provide 1.0 continuing education hours for Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) specific to substance abuse.
  4. To provide 1.0 continuing education hours for Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative (MI-CEC).
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (0.0), MCBAP-S (1.0), Mi-CEC pending - under review, Nursing (0.0)
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Topics Covered

The Four Processes of Motivational Interviewing

There are four essential processes in Motivational Interviewing and they all work together to help instill genuine change in clients. This training covers an in-depth review of these processes and example conversations of a these processes at work.


The engaging process is the foundation of the entire interview and creates a real alliance between client and counselor for collaborative change. 


In order to develop and maintain a conversation with a client, it will be important to keep a focus that targets change. We cover three ways to help choose a target for change.


Evoking is not just an aspect of the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing (link to MI3), it is also a part of the process of Motivational Interviewing. There lies within each and every client an intrinsic motivation to change.


After evoking a motivation toward changing behavior, it is necessary to transition to planning to maintaining that change in the future. Answering the question of how to maintain long term behavior change in a client is found in the planning process.

Examples of the Sequence of the Motivational Interviewing Process

Get real practice in what the process of Motivational Interviewing might look like in a typical client conversation.

Styles of Communication in Healthcare

There are three major styles of communication when working with clients and each have scenarios which they are most useful. Learn which type of communication works best to evoke change in clients.

  • Directing
  • Following
  • Guiding

What Makes a Good Guide

The Motivational Interviewing approach to therapy requires a different approach to working with clients. Examine the qualities and attributes that define what it is to be the ideal guide in an interview setting and the parallels to a real-world example of a guide.

Who Should Take This Course

  • Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Professionals seeking continuing education hours to meet requirements for renewal of the following certifications:
    • Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)
    • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
    • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
    • Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)
    • Certified Prevention Consultant – Reciprocal (CPC-R)
    • Certified Peer Recovery Mentor (CPRM)

Additional Considerations

Please Note : As part of our content licensing agreement, these Motivational Interviewing courses are intended only for those practicing or providing services in Michigan, and only provide CEUs valid to Michigan providers. By enrolling in these courses you certify that you meet this criteria.

Course Objectives

  1. Learn the Four Processes of Motivational Interviewing:
    • Engaging
    • Focusing
    • Evoking
    • Planning
  2. Look at a typical sequencing of a Motivational Interview
  3. Explore the three styles of Motivational Interviewing:
    • Directing
    • Guiding
    • Following
  4. Explore the qualities of an ideal guide

What People Are Saying

The online course was user friendly and helped me to understand the trials of the persons served by their team.

- Dorien N.