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Course: Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Psychological Problems (Edition 1)
edited by Arkowitz, West, Miller, Rollnick, PhDs

CE Credit Hours: 13
Fee: $64

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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is increasingly being used to help people with a wide range of psychological problems. This cutting-edge volume brings together leading experts to present novel applications of MI in mental health practice. Highly practical, but grounded in theory and research, the book provides a wealth of effective strategies for helping clients resolve ambivalence and mobilize their energy, commitment, and personal resources for change.

Following an introductory overview, chapters focus on specific frequently encountered clinical problems and contexts. Contributors discuss how they have used MI either as a pretreatment or throughout the course of treatment for anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, suicidal behavior, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, gambling addictions, schizophrenia, and dual diagnoses. This course is based on the 1st edition of this text, an exam on the 2nd edition is in beta testing.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Define motivational interviewing (MI) and describe the four basic principles of MI.
  • Explain the foundational skills of motivational interviewing (MI) to clients and other clinicians.
  • Integrate the motivational interviewing (MI) skills and “spirit” into therapy practice with clients who present with resistance to change.
  • Articulate how motivational interviewing (MI) has been used in the treatment of a variety of clinical problems and able to tailor MI for specific clinical problems and populations.
  • Design a course or practicum on motivational interviewing (MI) using this book as a foundation text or as supplemental reading.
  • Construct hypotheses to be test regarding the efficacy, effectiveness, and mechanisms of motivational interviewing (MI).

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The printed book or ebook is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.

Bio: William Miller

William R. Miller, Ph.D. holds the title of Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at The University of New Mexico. He is a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and The American Psychological Society. Dr. Miller is the director of Research for the University of New Mexicos Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions. With over 400 publications, including 35 books, Dr. Miller introduced the concept of motivational interviewing in a 1983 article. He was named by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the worlds most cited scientists.

He received his Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon in 1976. Dr. Miller is the recipient of a 10-year senior career Research Scientist Award from NIAAA enabling a primary focus on clinical research. Dr. Miller' fundamental research interest is in the psychology of change. His research has predominantly focused on addictive behaviors as a doorway to understanding motivation and change. He is interested in the relationship of psychology and spirituality and the spiritual aspects of change.

Bio: Hal Arkowitz, PhD

Hal Arkowitz, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. His main interests are in understanding how people change and why they dont. He has published widely in the areas of anxiety, depression, psychotherapy, and psychotherapy integration. He is a co-columnist for the magazine Scientific American Mind and he maintains an active clinical practice.

Bio: Henny Westra, PhD

Henny A. Westra, PhD, is Associate professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Anxiety Research Clinic at York University in Toronto. Prior to this, she was the Clinical Director of the Anxiety Research Clinic at the London Health Sciences Centre. She has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as given over 100 presentations and workshops, on the treatment of anxiety.

Bio: Stephen Rollnick, PhD

Stephen Rollnick, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Health Care Communication in the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom. He has published widely on motivational interviewing and health behavior change and has a special interest in challenging consultations in health and social care.