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Motivational interviewing (MI): The four processes (Level 1: Part 2)



Blended learning: Online learning integrated with a 1-day Motivational Interviewing Drop-in Clinic (Toronto)


Date: TBD


This course provides an overview of the four-process model of motivational interviewing (MI), based on the book, Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change (Third edition, 2013).  The course prepares practitioners to implement the four-process model in diverse practice settings.



This course 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.


By the end of this course participants will be able to:
  • define and critique the four-process model of MI and its relevance to client-centered care
  • apply knowledge of the engaging and focusing processes to identify and explore issues to be addressed in a patient encounter, including the patient's context and preference
  • elicit, reinforce and respond to a client's change talk and commitment language in a style consistent with MI
  • respond to sustain talk and discord in a style consistent with MI
  • develop, monitor and revise a personal learning plan to enhance practice improvement in the engaging, focusing and evoking processes.



This course offers 29.5 hours of learning and involves:

Four modules

    1. Engaging and focusing
    2. The evoking process
    3. Responding to sustain talk and discard
    4. The planning process
  • A motivational interviewing (MI) Drop-in Clinic:
    • A blended learning enviroment that offers unique, immersive, simulation-based training.  Learners will practice their MI skills and startegies on 'patient-actors in treatment', while receiving coaching and performance feedback in real time from experienced MI coahces.
  • Post-course competence assessment, impact-on-practice and follow-up review sessions.


Participants must have:

  • prior experience in counselling and clinical communication skills (the program will not teach basic counselling and therapy skills)
  • completed introductory-level training about the method and spirit of MI.


Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR):

  • Applicants must provide evidence of meeting the criteria through PLAR options
  • To discuss PLAR options, please contact


The course is led by CAMH staff members from diverse disciplines in health care, and who are members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international collective of trainers in MI.


  • Computer headset with microphone.


Information will be provided


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

Motivational Interviewing Pre-registration form



Information on continuing education credits will be provided.


This course is held under the auspices of the:

  • Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario



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