Motivational Interviewing: Principles and Practical Applications

Help your patients change the behaviors negatively impacting their health with the evidence-based counseling style presented in this introduction to Motivational Interviewing. Save 50% with discount code CLEAR50.

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Motivate Your Patients to Improve Their Health

Learn how to help your patients change the behaviors negatively impacting their health with the evidence-based counseling style presented in Motivational Interviewing: Principles and Practices. These negative behaviors or habits may include substance abuse, alcohol abuse, overeating and/or unhealthy diets, lack of exercise, and managing the symptoms of physical or mental illness.

This program is an introduction to the techniques of motivational interviewing. Gain insights into the assumptions of motivational interviewing regarding a patient's ambivalence to change and learn how to resolve that ambivalence. The program underlines the four core principles of motivational interviewing and how to include these into your practice: (1) expressing empathy; (2) rolling with resistance; (3) developing discrepancy; and (4) supporting self-efficacy.

Discover New Guidelines

This learn-at-your-own-pace course in motivational interviewing provides a maximum of 7.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Available online or via audio MP3 CDs, it provides access to unbiased, evidence-based content and case-based reviews so you can expand your knowledge and incorporate the latest guidelines into your daily practice.

View our full list of Topics/Speakers, Faculty, Accreditation and Media Format information.


  • Emerging Psychotherapies: Mindfulness Based Therapies and Integrative Health Coaching - Michael R. Clark, MD, MPH, MBA
  • Emerging Psychotherapies: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Motiviational Interviewing - Michael R. Clark, MD, MPH, MBA


  • The Causal Model of MI: Proposed Pathways and Empirical Support - Molly Magill, PhD
  • Essentials of Motivational Interviewing: Change Talk: Three Tasks to Promote Intrinsic Motivation - Brad Lundahl, PhD
  • Essentials of Motivational Interviewing: Finding focus: Strategies for arriving upon agreed upon goals - Brad Lundahl, PhD

Chronic Care

  • Motivational Interviewing & the Chronic Care Model of Disease: Emphasizing Self-Management Support and Skills in Health Behavior Change Counseling - Sharone A. Abramowitz, MD
  • Motivational Interviewing & Competence: Assessing Skills in Health Care Trainees with Motivational Interviewing Skills for Health Care Encounters (MISHCE) - Tatjana Petrova, PhD


  • Motivational Interviewing & Substance Use Disorders: Using Motivational Interviewing to Improve Treatment Seeking in Injection Drug Users - Michael Kidorf, PhD
  • Brief Opportunistic Interactions Precedes Motivational Interviewing: Early Detection and Prevention of Problem Behaviors - Timothy W. Kenealy, PhD

Course Director

Michael Clark, MD, MPH, MBA

  • Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs
  • Director, Chronic Pain Treatment Program
  • Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  • Johns Hopkins Medicine
  • Baltimore, MD


Sharone Abramowitz, MD

  • Internal Medicine Residency
  • Behavioral & Addiction Medicine Director
  • Primary Care Division
  • Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System
  • Oakland, CA

Timothy W. Kenealy, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Medicine
  • University of Auckland
  • South Auckland Clinical School, Middlemore Hospital
  • Auckland, New Zealand

Michael Kidorf, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor, Psychiatry
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Baltimore, MD


Brad Lundahl, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • College of Social Work
  • University of Utah
  • Salt Lake City, UT

Molly Magill, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • Brown University
  • Providence, RI

Tatjana Petrova, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Pharmacy Practice
  • Chicago State University, College of Pharmacy
  • Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Oakstone Publishing, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Oakstone Publishing, LLC designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Date of Original Release: April 30, 2016
Date Credits Expire: April 30, 2019

CME credit is awarded upon successful completion of a course evaluation and post-test.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has reviewed Motivational Interviewing: Principles and Practical Applications and has approved this program as part of a comprehensive CME program, which is mandated by the ABMS as a necessary component of maintenance of certification.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this CME activity, you will be better able to:

  • Express empathy through reflexive listening
  • Identify discrepancy between clients’ goals for change and their current behaviors
  • Practice the avoidance of argument and direct confrontation
  • Manage adjustment to client resistance rather than direct opposition to the resistance
  • Propose client self-efficacy and optimism

Intended Audience

Clinicians who counsel patients regarding potential behavior changes related to managing important health and lifestyle issues like substance abuse, smoking, overeating, and chronic diseases, including psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health therapists, addiction specialists, family physicians, physician's assistants and nurse practitioners.