Motivational Interviewing > Introduction

Motivational Interviewing

Presented by
Lance J. Parks, LCSW
6 CE Credits/Contact Hours
Price: $30


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CALIFORNIA: This program meets the requirements for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for 6 hours of CE Credit

TEXAS: This course meets the criteria for acceptable continuing education as defined by the Texas State Boards of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers for 6 hours of CE Credit.

This program is approved for 6 continuing education credits/contact hours by:

  • The California Board of Registered Nursing # CEP 14462
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors # 6412
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling #50-14000
  • The California Associations of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) #CP40 977 H 0425
  • The California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals: CCAPP-IE Provider # 1N-16-256-0824

It is the responsibility of the participant to check with their board regarding specific CE requirements.


CE Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide education for the healthcare professional to assess and treat substance abuse. In addition, this course will address the trends in adolescent substance abuse, which often serves as a precursor to adult substance abuse. The course also helps familiarize the professional with the current trends of substance abuse, what drugs are currently in more popular use and by what population.How these substances are ingested, their effects, and propensity to be addictive will also be addressed.

This course is an online, non-interactive, reading based, self-paced, and asynchronous course.

If you have questions about the course, require accessibility accommodations or need assistance, please email [email protected] or call (909) 628-4216.

CE Learning Objectives

At the end of the course, the participant will be able to:
  • Identify and discuss what is Motivation and Behavior change
  • Identify the Changing Perspectives on Addiction and Treatment
  • Identify the Elements of Effective Motivational Counseling Approaches
  • Explain Motivational Interviewing as a Counseling Style
  • Recognize the Four Processes of MI
  • Discuss the Benefits of MI in Treating SUDs
  • Evaluate the Preparation to Action in initiating Change
  • Discuss the impact of maintenance in stabilizing Change

CE Course Outline

Target Audiences:  A Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors and Nurses
Content level: A Intermediate

  • Chapter 1:
    • A New Look at Motivation
    • Motivation and Behavior Change
    • Changing Perspectives on Addiction and Treatment
    • Conclusion

  • Chapter 2: Motivational Counseling and Brief Intervention
    • Elements of Effective Motivational Counseling Approaches
    • Catalysts for Change
    • Conclusion

  • Chapter 3:
    • Motivational Interviewing as a Counseling Style
    • A New Look at Resistance
    • Reflective Listening
    • Four Processes of MI
    • Benefits of MI in Treating SUDs
    • Conclusion

  • Chapter 4:
    • From Precontemplation to Contemplation: Building Readiness
    • Readiness assessment instruments
    • Conclusion

  • Chapter 5:
    • From Contemplation to Preparation: Increasing Commitment
    • Enhance Commitment to Change
    • Conclusion

  • Chapter 6:
    • From Preparation to Action: Initiating Change
    • Conclusion

  • Chapter 7:
    • From Action to Maintenance: Stabilizing Change
    • Identify New Behaviors that Reinforce Change
    • Conclusion

  • Chapter 8:
    • Integrating Motivational Approaches in SUD Treatment Settings
    • Technology Adaptations
    • Blended Counseling Approaches

Course Development

Course topics are chosen based on various board requirements and professionals needs. Licensed professionals oversee, compile and develop course materials, posttest, and other course materials, determine the level of difficulty, and ensure course content is appropriate. The course developer bio is available here.

Course Created August 2020

Motivational Interviewing > Introduction
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