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


  • February 1, 2018


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

  • ​The efficacy and effectiveness of MI
  • The facilitative role of the spirit of the method in attending to client language about change.
  • MI as a method of communication - how the spirit of the method, and foundational interviewing skills are used in practice to enhance client engagement in treatment and contribute to client outcomes​



Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • define and critique the clinical method of MI, indicating its purpose, how it is used and how it works.
  • summarize and discuss the efficacy and effectiveness of MI research applicable to your practice.
  • describe the four components of the spirit of MI.
  • establish relationship with clients that are characterized by partnership, acceptance, compassion and evocation.
  • describe the three communication styles of MI and the five foundational interviewing skills of MI.
  • use OARS skills (open questions, affirmations, reflective statements, and summaries) to identify and explore issues to be addressed in a patient encounter, including the patient’s context and preferences.
  • provide information and advice in a style consistent with MI in  patient consultation sessions.
  • analyze practice experience, identify practice gaps and implement changes to ensure performance improvement in the foundational MI skills.​



It is appropriate for health care practitioners, allied health care and peer support workers with direct client care responsibilities, who provide conversation/consultation about behavioral changes across a range of health-related issues.


The course offers 23 hours of mixed mode learning, and  includes four modules with a MI treatment development clinic and a  practice-based  learning component.


Participants must have prior experience in counselling and clinical communication skills or possess equivalent client care experience in order to participate (the program will not teach basic counselling and therapy skills).​


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


  •  ​​​CD certificate program participants: $550.00  
  • General course fee (all disciplines)  $650.00  



 Click on this web link to register


This Group Learning program meets the certification criteria of the,

  • ​College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for up to 25 Mainpro+ credits.
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada –Section 1: approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto for 25 Section 1 Credits
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association: 22.5 continuing education hours
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation: 22.5 continuing education hours
  • The Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP): 23 continuing education hours/credits



​Sandra Bennett 
  • Tel: 416-535-8501 Ext. 36732


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