Course Overview

This lesson will focus on exploring the importance of offering advice and information in the Motivational Interviewing style. We look over some common traps to watch out for, and also explore the “E-P-E” strategy as being a useful way to offer advice and information. Multiple opportunities are provided to test your understanding throughout this Lesson.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (0.0) MCBAP-S (1.0) Mi-CEC (1.0) Nursing (0.0)
This module has been designed to conform to the WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standards.
{{ formatEmployeeName(enrolledEmployee) }} successfully enrolled
Continue Course Take This Course
This course is only assignable via your agency.
This course is unavailable for direct enrollment, please contact the Community Mental Health Association of Michigan.

Topics Covered


We review the spirit and process of Motivational Interviewing and explore the elements that make MI directive. The spirit of MI is client centered and can be broken down into the acronym PACE. The processes of MI are directive and can be broken down into the acronym EFEP. An opportunity is provided for you to test your knowledge on what makes MI directive.

Informing and Advising 

When interacting with clients, a variety of situations may arise in which it could be helpful for us to offer information or advice. When and How we do this could determine how the client might respond to what we offer. We provide you with two different interviewer styles to offer information and advice to a client, then explore why the responses from the client were different.

Common Traps

We explore five common traps that can interfere with our ability to give information and advice in an effective way. Opportunities are provided for you to test your understanding on the difference between these traps through reading an interviewer statement and deciding which one is being demonstrated.

Elicit - Provide - Elicit 

Elicit - Provide - Elicit (E-P-E) is a useful strategy for providing information and advice while also avoiding common traps. The three part process consists of: Asking for permission and/or asking what they already know, providing advice and information, and checking back with the client. We explore three different “permission situations” and two different “provide” conditions. We also provide you an opportunity to practice using the E-P-E strategy. 

Additional Considerations

Motivational Interviewing is directive when change talk is reflected, strengths are evoked and reflected, next steps are evoked, AND, when the situation requires giving direct information or advice.

Course Objectives

  1. You will review the basic style of MI as a method that is both client-centered and directive.
  2. You will learn why offering advice and information is integral to the Motivational Interviewing style.
  3. You will review examples of common traps that make problem discussion and advice giving less effective.
  4. You will be able to define the Elicit - Provide - Elicit of offering advice and information in the MI style.
  5. You will practice using the "E-P-E" technique with a variety of examples.
  6. You will review ways of using an MI style in assessment situations that require gathering and exchanging specific information.

What People Are Saying

It was a positive experience. It was easy to follow and contained a lot of good information.

- Kyle  R.