Motivational Interviewing - PT740

Motivational Interviewing

Helping Patients Make Lifestyle Changes

by Janet Booth, RN, BSN, NC-BC and Holly Carlson, BSN MS CCRN
(4.6 / 1355 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

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.
Physical Therapists: 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.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 18S8345X for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 18S8345 for 10/31/18 to 10/31/19).
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-539694 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19). Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 12/14/15 to 12/14/19.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 08/01/17 to 07/31/19.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

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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Lori B - Bellmore, NY  ·  Mar 27, 2020
Information is clearly out lined and can be easily translated in practice.
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Kim S - Hanahan, SC  ·  Mar 26, 2020
it has easy to follow instructions. Great refresher from a class I took 4 years ago
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Peter B - Tolland , CT  ·  Mar 25, 2020
Print cheat sheet of Acronyms
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MICHAEL S - Bradenton, FL  ·  Mar 19, 2020
very informative and well written
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Emilie S - Bernville, PA  ·  Feb 27, 2020
this course is a good refresher on how to motivate patients and form questions
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Price: $19.00
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