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Motivational Interviewing Introduction Course: Online


 Description/Learning objectives


Course description

Based on the book, Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change (third edition, 2013), this interactive, online course has been designed for health care practitioners who have direct client care responsibilieis.  It will train participants how to use core motivational interviewing skills in conversations about change across a range of health-related issues.

Course objectives

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Define and critique the clinical method of motivational interviewing, indicating its purpose, how it is used and how it works
  • Use the spirit of motivational interviewing as a model for communicating care to clients
  • Establish therapeutic relationships with clients that are characterized by partnership, acceptance, compassion and evocation
  • 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 motivational interviewing

Course structure


This course offers simulation-based training with deliberate practice strategies.  Participants have an unique opportunity to be paired with a motivational interviewing coach and practice motivational interviewing skills with simulated clients.  Authenitic, real-life tasks from the participant's practice setting form the basis of the learning experience.


This course has a two-phase structure

  • Phase 1 involves three interactive, self-directed learning modules on the foundation skills of motivational interviewing.  It lasts three weeks.
  • Phase 2 involves four components that integrate practice-based performance improvement initiatives with focused clinical practice.
    • Four synthesis and application modules (which are live, one-hour workshops/seminars) cover key practice issues in applying and adapting motivational interviewing to specific practice settings.
    • Simulation and interactive learning modules pair each participant with a motivational interviewing coach and a simulated client, with whom the participant meets "in treatment" over a two-week period.  Individualized coaching and feedback on practice is provided in real-time.
    • Observation of patient-provider interactions and surveys of patient experiences in interactions take place in each participant's practice setting over a three-week period.
    • A virtual community of practice (CoP) is integrated throughout the course, and provides three months of post-course learning support.

A pre-course baseline assessment is required.



 Target audience

​This course is appropriate for all health care providers with consultations about behavioral changes across a range of health-related issues.


January 12 - February 20, 2015
January 26 - March 27, 2015
June 1 - July 31, 2015

 Delivery method

​Online Course






​This course is led by CAMH staff with diverse disciplines in health care, and who are members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international collective of trainers in motivational interviewing and related methods.


Participants must have knowledge of the transtheoretical model of behavior change, also know as the "stages of change," and must have completed courses in clinical communication skills and counseling skills. 


  • This course is a stand alone course
  • It also qualifies as an elective for the Concurrent Disorders Certificate Program


  • The College of Family Physicians of Canada - 43.0 Mainpro-MI credits
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - 36.5 Section 1 credits
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada - 6.5 Section 3 credits
  • The Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) 44 core credits
  • The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) - 44 credits


​This course is held under the auspices of the Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development in the Faculty of Medicine, University Toronto.

 Course resources

  • ​Purchase of the textbook is optional:
    • Miller, W.R. & Rollnick, S. (2013). Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change (3rd Ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Computer headset with microphone.
  • Any of the following:
    • Internet Explorer version 9 or above (this browser works in Windows version 7, Vista or Server 2008).
    • Mozilla Firefox verison 10 or above (use this browser if you have Windows XP).
    • Safari 5.1.
    • Chrome



Please check back in the fall to register for the next session.

January 12 - February 20, 2015
January 26 - March 27, 2015
June 1 - July 31, 2015

We no longer accept cheques as payment.

Refunds for advance (prior to start date) cancellation will be subject to an administrative fee of $50.00.

Withdrawals from a course are accepted within the first week of the start date and is subject to an administrative fee of $300.00

The course will be cancelled if the minimum number of registrants is not met.  You will be notified at least three weeks prior to the start of the course if the course is cancelled.


Cancellation/withdrawal notice must be communicated in writing by email.


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