An exploration of how four MI techniques can be effectively implemented

Presentation-style

  • Course Description

    This course offers an emphasis on the four primary conversational techniques used in motivational interviewing conversations: Open-Ended Questions, Affirmations, Reflections and Summaries (OARS). OARS offers learners an opportunity to develop a common language or checklist of skills to begin their intentional practice of MI. These nuanced, skill-based techniques include both verbal and non-verbal responses and behaviors. Participants will learn how to define each technique and construct OARS questions and statements consistent with the MI Spirit. Opportunities for “in the moment” practice will be provided so participants can quickly apply newly learned material. A review of the research on the importance of adherence to MI-consistent techniques will also be provided.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: List the four primary conversational techniques used in motivational interviewing conversations; Define and construct three different types of reflective listening statements; Define and construct two types of summary statements

  • Downloadable Audio Podcast

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour audio podcast presentation (streaming or free for download via our site, Apple Podcasts, or GooglePlay), a post-presentation test with six to eight questions per CE credit hour, and a course evaluation; course requirements can be accessed either via computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account. In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must #1: Have an active Clearly Clinical annual subscription, #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast, #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (a score of at least 75%; you are able to re-test) and #4: Complete the required course evaluation.

  • Continuing Education Approvals

    This course meets the requirements for Continuing Education credit hours by the American Psychological Association (APA), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP). See full list of Continuing Education Approvals below, as well as information about these approvals.

  • Target Audience and Instructional Level

    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory, Intermediate

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course and hit the 'Generate Certificate' button, a new window will open up with your certificate; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Click on the Distance Learning Policies link at the bottom of this page for more information about how to receive a copy of a course completion certificate if course access has expired. Course certificates will be on file for five (5) years from date of course completion.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, sponsor, instructor, content, or benefit of endorsement of products.

  • Multi-part Course

    Please note that this course is #2 in a 3-part course series relating to Motivational Interviewing. To view these other related courses, please visit our course catalog.

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Instructor

Motivational Interviewing Expert

  • Robert Scholz, LMFT #41601, LPCC #1325

    Robert Scholz, LMFT #41601, LPCC #1325

    Senior Instructor

    Robert is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Clinical Counselor who has worked with adolescents, adults and families for 20 years. Robert brings expertise in the areas of addiction, men’s emotional health, sports psychology, family violence and college mental health to his private practice in Westlake Village, CA. As a highly-experienced couples and family therapist, Robert is also trained to provide premarital counseling using the well-known Prepare-Enrich assessment. Prior to his time in private practice, Robert spent a decade at Pepperdine University serving as the Assistant Director of their Counseling Center and Coordinator of their Alcohol and Drug Program, and also acted as the Clinical Director for a large mental health organization in Westlake Village, CA. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor in Pepperdine’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology. Robert regularly conducts trainings at local and national conferences for professionals in the fields of mental health, higher education, and community corrections. He is an expert on the topic of motivational interviewing and member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He has co-authored several professional publications on the topics of addiction, the psychology of men and developing community partnerships to address family violence. Robert, who is married and has a spirited young son, loves living in the Conejo Valley, hiking the local mountains, making pottery, and as a former college athlete, engaging in a variety of sports.

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