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Motivational Interviewing: Principles and Practical Applications

11 Clinical Points Only R 5 980.00 (incl VAT)

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Learn how to help your patients change the behaviors negatively impacting their health with the evidence-based counseling style presented in Motivational Interviewing: Principles and Practices. These negative behaviors or habits may include substance abuse, alcohol abuse, overeating and/or unhealthy diets, lack of exercise, and managing the symptoms of physical or mental illness.

This program is an introduction to the techniques of motivational interviewing. Gain insights into the assumptions of motivational interviewing regarding a patient's ambivalence to change and learn how to resolve that ambivalence. The program underlines the four core principles of motivational interviewing and how to include these into your practice: (1) expressing empathy; (2) rolling with resistance; (3) developing discrepancy; and (4) supporting self-efficacy.

Who Should Enroll

Clinicians who counsel patients regarding potential behavior changes related to managing important health and lifestyle issues like substance abuse, smoking, overeating, and chronic diseases, including psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health therapists, addiction specialists, family physicians, physician's assistants and nurse practitioners.

Course Design

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Course Content

Emerging Psychotherapies: Mindfulness Based Therapies and Integrative Health Coaching - Michael R. Clark, MD, MPH, MBA
Emerging Psychotherapies: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and Motiviational Interviewing - Michael R. Clark, MD, MPH, MBA

The Causal Model of MI: Proposed Pathways and Empirical Support - Molly Magill, PhD
Essentials of Motivational Interviewing: Change Talk: Three Tasks to Promote Intrinsic Motivation - Brad Lundahl, PhD
Essentials of Motivational Interviewing: Finding focus: Strategies for arriving upon agreed upon goals - Brad Lundahl, PhD

Chronic Care
Motivational Interviewing & the Chronic Care Model of Disease: Emphasizing Self-Management Support and Skills in Health Behavior Change Counseling - Sharone A. Abramowitz, MD
Motivational Interviewing & Competence: Assessing Skills in Health Care Trainees with Motivational Interviewing Skills for Health Care Encounters (MISHCE) - Tatjana Petrova, PhD

Motivational Interviewing & Substance Use Disorders: Using Motivational Interviewing to Improve Treatment Seeking in Injection Drug Users - Michael Kidorf, PhD
Brief Opportunistic Interactions Precedes Motivational Interviewing: Early Detection and Prevention of Problem Behaviors - Timothy W. Kenealy, PhD

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this CME activity, you will be better able to:

  • Express empathy through reflexive listening
  • Identify discrepancy between clients’ goals for change and their current behaviors
  • Practice the avoidance of argument and direct confrontation
  • Manage adjustment to client resistance rather than direct opposition to the resistance
  • Propose client self-efficacy and optimism


Course Director

Michael Clark, MD, MPH, MBA
Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs
Director, Chronic Pain Treatment Program
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Baltimore, MD


Sharone Abramowitz, MD
Internal Medicine Residency
Behavioral & Addiction Medicine Director
Primary Care Division
Highland Hospital, Alameda Health System
Oakland, CA

Brad Lundahl, PhD
Associate Professor
College of Social Work
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

Timothy W. Kenealy, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine
University of Auckland
South Auckland Clinical School, Middlemore Hospital
Auckland, New Zealand

Molly Magill, PhD
Assistant Professor
Behavioral and Social Sciences
Brown University
Providence, RI

Michael Kidorf, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD

Tatjana Petrova, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice
Chicago State University, College of Pharmacy
Oakbrook Terrace, IL


Accredited according to HCPSA's Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 11 Clinical CEUs on Level 2.

Kindly note that the accreditation will be completed by The Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) – a private higher-education institution and an accredited service provider under registration of the South African Medical Association (SAMA).


To qualify for the certificate of completion for this CPD/CME course, participants should successfully complete the course assessment process.


Participants will be assessed by means of a multiple-choice questionnaire and have 3 months for completion from date of registration.


For more information contact:

School of Health Sciences

Tel: 087 821 1109
Email:  healthscience@foundation.co.za
Address: P.O. Box 75324,
Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
Website: www.foundation.co.za

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