Motivational Interviewing - PSY740

Motivational Interviewing

Helping Patients Make Lifestyle Changes

by Janet Booth, RN, BSN, NC-BC
(4.5 / 0 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Chronic conditions — particularly heart disease, stroke, diabetes, lung disease, obesity and arthritis — are creating a significant burden on our healthcare system, and the problem continues to increase. Healthcare professionals witness firsthand the human impact on patients’ quality of life and also see how hard it is for people to make changes in their day-to-day health. Instructing patients what to do, how to eat, why to get more exercise and how to manage stress better does not tend to lead to positive behavior changes. Newer ways of working with patients are showing better results. 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 goal of this motivational interviewing 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 studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Identify four guiding principles of motivational interviewing
  • Discuss four motivational interviewing techniques practitioners can use to help people create behavior change plans
  • Identify the five stages of change within the Transtheoretical Theory of Behavior Change model

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, audiologists, 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.
OnCourse Learning is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. OnCourse Learning 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: 7/28/2015
Course Termination/Update Date: 7/28/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning 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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Fong W - Cary, NC  ·  Mar 08, 2018
very helpful communication skills, not only for health care environment, also in daily life
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Megan B - Indianapolis, IN  ·  Feb 28, 2018
Great course on motivational interviewing
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Vicki M - Saint Peters, MO  ·  Jan 13, 2018
Loved the whole process, content of the course and the program was user friendly. Many thanks and I will definitely recommend to colleagues.
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Elena D - Hialeah , FL  ·  Jan 08, 2018
I really liked it. It was a good summary of MI.
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Christina F - Bellflower, CA  ·  Nov 14, 2017
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50