Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion (http://motivationalinterviewing.org
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This course takes the learner on a tour of the essential skills used to strengthen an individual’s motivation for behavior change. Descriptions, demonstrations, and learning activities provide an introduction to MI.
This course is not meant to prepare the learner to deliver this evidence-based practice with fidelity. Learning MI is a developmental process that requires a longer-term investment of time and effort. This includes repeated opportunities to practice learned skills, to receive feedback on performance from experienced MI practitioners, and to integrate this feedback into practice.
This course may be taken for a Certificate of Completion, and for a small fee, offers four hours' worth of your choice of NAADAC, NBCC or NASW Continuing Education credit.
This online course was prepared by the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Nursing and Health Studies’ Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center (Mid-America ATTC), under a cooperative agreement from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).