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Motivational Interviewing

Many of you have asked for help with motivational interviewing (MI). We have created this offering as a direct result of the number of requests we receive from healthcare providers requesting assistance concerning the self-described motivational interviewing practice gap. 

Motivational interviewing can help you build stronger, more productive relationships with your patients, improve their health outcomes, and make your healthcare practice more effective and fulfilling. It is a versatile and valuable tool for healthcare providers in a variety of settings, including primary care, mental health, addiction treatment, and chronic disease management.

As a healthcare provider, learning about motivational interviewing can be highly valuable for the following reasons: 

  • Enhancing patient engagement
  • Improving patient adherence
  • Addressing ambivalence and barriers
  • Empowering patients
  • Tailoring care to individual needs
  • Saving time and resources
  • Reducing resistance and confrontation

Other valuable reasons for the healthcare provider to personally utilize the MI technique include:

  • Preventing provider burnout
  • Adapting to changing healthcare models
  • Teamwork
  • Competence

Who Should Enroll in this Program?

This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, social workers, and other members of the healthcare team interested in assisting with barriers to self-care.

Learning Outcome

The learning outcome of this program is to enable the learner to engage in a method of communication to approach behavior change.

Delivered On-Demand

Start anytime. 

Enrollment Cost - $50*

(*See enrollment fee details)

Contact Hours - 2.5

(More about contact hours)


Call toll-free 1-877-USI-HLTH (874-4584)
or 812-461-5217 or email

Program Information


By the completion of this program, the participant will:

  1. Identify the principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI).
  2. Describe the stages of change.
  3. Describe communication techniques for each stage of change.
  4. Review styles of communication.
  5. Identify the four processes of MI.
  6. Describe Change Talk strategies.
  7. Explain techniques related to evoking change.
  8. Identify the signs of readiness for change.
  9. Describe SMART goals and how to use them to guide goal setting.

Criteria for Successful Completion

The certificate of completion will be sent via autogenerated email immediately upon the completion of the program evaluation.

Contact Hours (2.5 Contact Hours)

The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this activity for 2.5 contact hours.

Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise in the content. Clinical experience and judgment, coupled with an understanding of the content, are necessary to attain competency. Achieving certification via a designated professional organization is an additional step to demonstrate competency.

Enrollment Cost - $50

The fee includes access to the program, along with all resources and handouts. A textbook, if applicable, is not included in the fee.

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Refund Policy

A refund is not available for this program.

Questions? Call toll-free 1-877-USI-HLTH (874-4584) or 812-461-5217 or email

Faculty Name and Credentials

We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.

Jenna Burch, MSW, LCSW
Tracy Huck, MSW, LSW
Anita Hagan, DNP, RN, CNS

Conflict of Interest Statement

No individual in a position to control content has any relevant financial relationships.

Expiration date: February 2025

Jointly Accreditation

Accreditation Statements

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 2.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credit for learning and change.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning (CHPLL). The CHPLL is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

State of Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider of continuing education for several professionals licensed in the state of Indiana, including social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, mental health counselors, and dental professionals.

State of California
The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.

Program Content Delivery

Program Schedule

This independent study program is available on demand. Upon submission of registration, you will receive an email with a link to the program content.

Program Content

A textbook is not required for this program.

Delivery of Content

The learner will log into the program via the internet and work independently through the content. The internet provides an opportunity for interaction with program faculty while in the comfort of learning in your own home and office. Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns.

Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls. Firewalls may block access to web links within the program. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.

If you have trouble hearing the recordings, please check your volume settings.

Technical Support and System Requirements for Online Learning

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