Motivational Interviewing - PSY740

Motivational Interviewing

Helping Patients Make Lifestyle Changes

by Holly Carlson, BSN MS CCRN
(4.4 / 200 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Psychology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung disease, obesity, and arthritis create a significant burden on our healthcare system. Healthcare professionals witness the impact on patients’ quality of life and also see how hard it is for people to make changes in their health. Instructing patients what to do, how to eat, why they should exercise, and how to manage stress does not tend to lead to positive behavior changes.
Motivational interviewing is a style of patient counseling that helps resolve a person’s ambivalence about changing his or her habits. The counselor helps the patient explore personal motivators and helps the client identify his or her own goals. The approach is based on what matters to the patient. When each member of an interprofessional team practices from this point of view, the results can be positive for the patient, and for the practitioners.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide healthcare practitioners with information about the theory, guiding principles, and clinical application of motivational interviewing as part of an interprofessional team approach to care for patients with chronic illnesses. After taking this course, you should be able to:
  • Explain the benefits of using motivational interviewing to encourage lifestyle changes.
  • Identify the four guiding principles (RULE) of motivational interviewing for healthcare providers.
  • Discuss motivational interviewing techniques practitioners can use to help people create behavior change.
  • Identify the five stages of change within the Transtheoretical model of behavior change.
  • Identify the five components of SMART goals.

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, audiologists, dietitians, physical therapists, psychologists, social workers and speech-language pathologists.
Psychologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Relias LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Relias LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Instructional level: Intermediate
Target audience: Psychologists

Course Originally Released on: 7/28/2015
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/31/2019
Course Termination/Update Date: 12/31/2022

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Eileen D - Suffolk, VA  ·  Mar 27, 2020
It was a very informative topic. I knew a little about MI but gained a lot of knowledge after reading this paper.
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Jean J - gaithersburg, MD  ·  Mar 26, 2020
very informative and interesting
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Hope B - Virginia Beach, VA  ·  Mar 18, 2020
Good information in a quick and concise format
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Lisa G - Virginia Beach, VA  ·  Mar 18, 2020
very informative and essential in healthcare field
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Colette Q - Sunbury, NC  ·  Mar 12, 2020
A lot of new information to assist health professionals with the roadblocks that we frequently encounter in working with our patients and trying to assist them into a healthier state.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50