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Course: Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Psychological Problems (2nd Edition)
edited by Miller, Rollnick, and Arkowitz

CE Credit Hours: 15
Fee: $59

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Motivational Interviewing (MI) continues to gain momentum as a powerful tool in the treatment of a wide range of psychological problems. This authoritative guide has helped thousands of clinicians work with clients to resolve ambivalence and mobilize their energy, commitment, and personal resources for change. Leading experts present state-of-art MI strategies tailored to particular clinical contexts. Extensively revised to incorporate the latest MI concepts, applications, and research, the second edition features numerous new chapters and authors. New topics include domestic violence, comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders, smoking cessation with adolescents, addictions, and transdiagnostic treatment.

Following an introductory overview of MI, chapters focus on specific frequently encountered clinical disorders. Contributors discuss how they have used MI either as a pretreatment or throughout the course of treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD, suicidal behavior, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, gambling addictions, schizophrenia, and other disorders. for Each chapter provides a rationale for using MI, demonstrates how it has been integrated with other therapeutic approaches, and describes challenges and potential solutions in implementation with the population under discussion. Extensive session transcripts and vignettes bring to life both the underlying spirit of MI and the use of specific techniques.

This practical, accessible book belongs on the desks of mental health professionals in any setting, including clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, professional mental health counselors, addiction specialists, marriage and family therapists, etc.

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.
  • Describe the foundational skills of motivational interviewing (MI).
  • Integrate the motivational interviewing (MI) skills and “spirit” into therapy practice to help clients work through ambivalence and readiness for change.
  • Describe how motivational interviewing (MI) has been used in the treatment of a variety of clinical problems and identify ways to tailor MI for specific clinical presentations and populations including: anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, emotional disorders, suicidal clients, eating disorders, gambling problems, pharmacotherapy, addictions and intimate partner violence.
  • Design a course or practicum on motivational interviewing (MI) using this book as a foundation text or integrating as supplemental reading.
  • Identify hypotheses to be tested 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.
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Bio: William Miller

William R. Miller, PhD, is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. With over 50 published books and 400 articles and chapters. He introduced the concept of MI as a clinical method in a 1983 article. He was named by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the world?s most highly cited scientists over a 25-year span.

Bio: Hal Arkowitz, PhD

Hal Arkowitz, PhD, is Emeritus Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. His main interests are in understanding how people change and why they don?t. He has published widely in the areas of psychotherapy, and motivational interviewing (MI). He is a co-columnist for the magazine Scientific American Mind and he maintains an active clinical practice.

Bio: Stephen Rollnick, PhD

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