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Motivational Interviewing: Brushing up on the Basics

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 9/25/2018

Expiration Date: 9/25/2021

  • AMA PRA Category 1: 1
  • Participation: 1

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This webinar will review the basic concepts and skills of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and will employ MI skills and tools, to illustrate the practical applicability of these tools in clinical practice for their addiction and other patient populations. An MI approach positions clinicians and patients as mutually collaborative experts, and participants adhering to MI can improve the efficiency of the limited clinical time we have with patients. Since its introduction in the early 1980’s to address behaviors related to addiction, the effectiveness of MI has been demonstrated across a wide variety of disciplines and issues. Despite this evidence, MI adherent practice has relatively limited penetrance in mainstream clinical practice. There is a tremendous potential benefit of employing MI to improve care, particularly in addressing common problems such as medication non-adherence and changing other problematic behaviors such as substance use. The session will introduce participants to the fundamentals of motivational interviewing emphasizing core ideas and the spirit of MI. 

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by grant nos. 5U79TI026556-02 and 3U79TI026556-02S1 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


  • General Member - Free
  • Resident-Fellow Member - Free
  • Medical Student Member - Free
  • Non-Member - Free

Educational Objectives

  • Define the spirit of MI and the general approach to patients
  • Identify and utilize the four metaprocesses to structure an MI session
  • Discuss reflections, identifying change talk, and core skills in MI

Target Audience

Physicians who have a waiver to treat opioid use disorder in an office-based setting and other interested clinicians.

While this presentation is useful to all, it is designed for those who have had limited exposure to motivational interviewing.

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: September 25, 2018
End Date: September 25, 2021

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple-choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the completion date and hours earned. 

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Carla Marienfeld, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UC San Diego School of Medicine. Reports no finanical relationships with commercial interests

Program Planners

  • John A. Renner, Jr., M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Director, Addiction Psychiatry Residency Training, Boston University Medical Center and VA Boston Healthcare System. Disclosure: Stockholder: Johnson & Johnson and General Electric
  • Rachel Trusty, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no finanical relationships with commercial interests
  • Eunice Maize,  American Psychiatric Association. Reports no finanical relationships with commercial interests
  • Tristan Gorrindo, M.D.,  American Psychiatric Association, Reports no finanical relationships with commercial interests 

Hardware/Software Requirements

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  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
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