Course Overview

The "Stages of Change" course is recommended for clinicians and peer support specialists who have completed "Substances of Abuse" and would like to deepen their knowledge of helping people recognize their stage on the journey of recovery. This course will provide a basic overview of the stages that clients work through during their recovery from substance use and abuse. This would be appropriate for NBCC, QMHP.

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (0.0), MCBAP-S (1.0), Mi-CEC (0.0), Nursing (0.0)

Topics Covered

Stages of Change, Using Motivation to Help Your Clients

This course has been designed to provide an in-depth explanation of the stages of change regarding the process clients undertake during their treatment and recovery process. This course is meant to provide direct care workers with additional knowledge about how the brain works through changing behavior and how behavioral health professionals help that process. 

Understanding Motivation and Motivational Counseling 

To support behavioral change, many direct care workers choose to use motivational counseling or motivational interviewing as a tactic for initiating and supporting change. This course defines motivation in the behavioral health framework and provides examples and best practices for using tactics like motivational counseling and motivational interviewing. For more information on this topic, please enroll in the Motivational Interviewing (MI) courses. 

Additional Considerations

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Course Objectives

  • Review and understand the aspects of motivational counseling.
  • Review models of motivational counseling and understand how to implement those into your client's journey of recovery.
  • Develop an understanding of intrinsic vs. extrinsic motivation.


What People Are Saying

The module was very informative. It was easy to navigate and thorough in its presentation of the information.

- Brooke C.