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Motivational interviewing (MI): Foundations of practice (Level 1: Part 1)

Date: TBD


This online course provides an overview of the method of motivational interviewing (MI) and examines how and why MI works.  It focuses on two broad themes:

  • The therapeutic relationship in MI
  • The use of five foundational skills in MI (open questions, affirmations, reflective statements, summaries, provide advice and information) to enhance client engagement in treatment.


It is appropriate for health care providers with direct client care responsibilities, who provide conversation/consultation about behavioral changes across a range of health-related issues.


The course offers 18 hours of learning and involves:

  • Three modules:
    1. The method of MI
    2. The spirit of MI
    3. Foundational interviewing skills
  • A motivational interviewing (MI) Drop-in Clinic:
    • A blended learning environment that offers unique, immersive, simulation-based training.  Learners will practice their MI skills and strategies on 'patient-actors in treatment', while receiving coaching and performance feedback in real time from experienced MI coaches.
  • Post-course competence assessment, impact-on-practice and follow-up review sessions



Participants must have completed courses in clinical communication skills, medical interviewing/counseling skills, or possess equivalent client care experience.


The course is led by CAMH staff members from diverse disciplines in health care, and who are members of the Motivational Interviewing Network.


Information will be provided


For mroe information on the course please complete the pre-registration form:

Motivational Interviewing Pre-registration form


Information on continuing education credits will be provided.


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