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Course: NEW! Motivational Interviewing and CBT: Combining Strategies for Maximum Effectiveness
by Sylvie Naar, PhD and Steve A. Safren, PhD, ABPP

CE Credit Hours: 11
Fee: $54

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This book shows how integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with motivational interviewing (MI) can lead to better client outcomes than using either approach on its own. Providing tools to enhance treatment of any clinical problem, the expert authors demonstrate that MI strategies are ideally suited to boost client motivation and strengthen the therapeutic relationship, whether used as a pretreatment intervention or throughout the course of CBT.

This volume is organized around core components of CBT: initiating treatment, assessment and treatment planning, self-monitoring, cognitive and behavioral skills training, promoting homework completion, and maintaining change. Sample transcripts depict the strategies in action across a range of clinical problems and issues, such as depression, obesity, anxiety, substance abuse and medication adherence.

This book also identifies times when MI and CBT may come into conflict and helps the practitioner navigate these dilemmas. Learning activities for use in self-study or training, plus 35 reproducible client handouts, facilitate implementation in real-world clinical practice. Purchases of the book get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials in a convenient 8½x11 size. (amended from book)

Educational Objectives

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

  • List the 4 processes of MI and the shared elements of CBT approaches.
  • Identify roadblocks to active listening in the engagement phase.
  • Enumerate and list the definition, purpose and process of using A-T-A in MI-CBT integration.
  • Use the provided handouts, exercises, worksheets for practicing MI-CBT with clients.
  • Use the provided practitioner activities at the end of each chapter for ongoing practice of MI-CBT skill integration.
  • Illustrate familiarity with the 12 tips for facilitating appropriate feedback discussions with clients during evaluation and treatment planning.
  • Enumerate the 4 steps of cognitive restructuring and the objectives and actions associated with each step for successful CBT integration.
  • List and review core components of CBT skill work including; cognitive restructuring, self-monitoring, and treatment planning/evaluation.

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.
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Bio: Sylvie Naar, PhD

Sylvie Naar, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Division of Behavioral Sciences in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health Sciences at Wayne State University. She conducts research on the use of MI and MI integrated with CBT to improve health behaviors for many populations. She also studies how to best teach MI and how to implement the approach within organizations. With over 100 publications, Dr. Naar is coauthor of Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has provided training locally, nationally, and internationally.

Bio: Steve A. Safren, PhD, ABPP

Steve A. Safren, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami. Previously, he was professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Behavioral Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He is a past editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Practice and an associate editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Dr. Safren is a recipient of the Pioneer Award for Outstanding Contributions to HIV Adherence Science/Practice from the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, as well as mentoring/training awards from Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues) of the American Psychological Association, Harvard Medical School, and the Division of Psychology Training at MGH. His research and more than 260 publications focus on health-related behavioral interventions and adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.