Course Overview

This is the first lesson in our 20-part training on the practice of Motivational Interviewing, we begin by introducing the methods of Motivational Interviewing.

Purpose of this Course

  1. Provide a base foundation of knowledge surrounding the practice of Motivational Interviewing.
  2. To provide 1.0 continuing education hours for Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) specific to substance abuse.
  3. To provide 1.0 continuing education hours for Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative (MI-CEC).

Certifying Organizations

This course is accredited by the following organizations:

  • The National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
  • Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP)
  • 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

What is Motivational Interviewing

In this course, we will establish the definition of Motivational Interviewing as it applies to a counseling environment.

Who Should Participate in this Course

Any psychiatrist, counselor, therapist, or even a profession outside of the medical field. Any person trying to answer the question of how to motivate someone to change by drawing the change from within the person.

Why People Don't Change and When They Do Change

There are a lot of reasons people might not want to change or don’t find it necessary. We go over some reasons why clients don’t always change or haven’t changed and then we go over reasons people do change.

The Motivational Interviewing Difference

The practice of Motivational Interviewing is different from most other methods of working with clients in that it is the only method that attempts to work the client to make changes on their own initiative.


Understand the term discrepancy as it related to the mental health field and start to recognize how this condition of discrepancy influences the behavior change process.

Who Should Take This Course

  • Therapists
  • 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. Complete a comprehensive overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and
  2. Examine several definitions of MI’s approach.
  3. Be able to recognize who would be appropriate populations to use MI with and what situations that MI might be best suited for.
  4. Examine “why people change” and “when do people change.”
  5. Consider what constitutes effective motivators and what has proven to be ineffective motivators.
  6. Be able to recall several behaviors and actions that lower our chances to succeed.
  7. Review 5 issues that are essential to understand regarding human motivation.
  8. Be able to identify the term discrepancy, and gain a basic understanding of how this condition influences the behavior change process.
  9. Examine a list of myths and misunderstandings that surround the use of MI.

What People Are Saying

It was convenient and I was able to go at a pace in which I feel comfortable learning.

- Delana H.