Motivational Interviewing - RD740

Motivational Interviewing

Helping Patients Make Lifestyle Changes

by Holly Carlson, BSN MS CCRN
(4.5 / 36 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


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.
Dietitians: 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 a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This is a level 2 course with suggested CDR learning codes of 4040, 4090, 6010, 6020, 6030, 6040, 6070, 6080 and performance indicators of 8.3.6, 8.3.7, 9.6.1, 9.6.4, 9.6.6, 12.4.3.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # 50-1489).

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.

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Melissa B - Chesapeake, VA  ·  Feb 15, 2020
Good introduction/overview or review into the principles of Motivational Interviewing.
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Allison L - Jackson, MI  ·  Feb 14, 2020
Very good refresher on how to effectively counsel patients using MI.
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Debbie A - Castle Rock, CO  ·  Feb 11, 2020
Nice review about motivational interviewing
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TERESA M - St. Louis, MO  ·  Feb 07, 2020
Quick refresher on motivational interviewing
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Meredith W - Archdale, NC  ·  Jan 06, 2020
GREAT overview of MI and always a good refresher.
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Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00