This course prepares health care professionals to apply the four-process model of motivational interviewing (MI) and enhances their competence in the use of MI.
Using simulation-based strategies, the course explores the four-process model of MI, and it discusses the uses of MI, how it works and why health care professionals would want to use it.
The course is for professionals in health and social services who have direct patient care responsibilities. The audience includes professionals in these disciplines:
- Allied health
- C Counselling and psychotherapy
- Criminal/Juvenile justice
- Social services
- Social work
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Discuss and interpret how to use of the four processes of MI in patient consultations about change
- Establish relationships with patients that are characterized by partnership, acceptance, compassion and evocation
- Use open questions, affirmations, reflective statements, and summaries (OARS) to identify and explore issues to be addressed in a patient consultation, including the person’s context and preferences
- Provide information and advice in a style consistent with MI
- Elicit, reinforce and strengthen change talk in a style consistent with MI in patient consultation sessions
- Apply four strategies to respond to discord in a style consistent with MI in patient consultation sessions
- Analyze practice experience, identify practice gaps and apply changes to ensure performance improvement in the four processes of MI.
Certification and Accreditation
Continuing Professional Development has awarded the Motivational Interviewing (MI) - Introduction and Application Course with the following credits:
• College of Family Physicians of Canada Mainpro+ (1 credit/hour) Self Learning: Up to 22.0 credits
• Royal College Maintenance of Certification Section 1: Up to 12.0 hours
• Royal College Maintenance of Certification Section 3 Simulation: Up to 10.0 hours
The course is led by CAMH staff who are members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international collective of trainers in MI.
Minimum resources required
Participants require regular access to a personal computer or mobile device with a strong internet connection.
This online course provides a mix of synchronous (i.e., live, scheduled) and asynchronous (i.e., anytime) learning experiences. There are three modules:
- Module 1: Foundational concepts and skills
- Module 2: The four-process model
- Module 3: Applied practice
Module 3 involves simulation-based learning and the application of MI with patients in the learner’s practice setting.
Learners will need to dedicate 3-4 hours per week on this course.
This course may be completed as an elective course towards the completion of the two CAMH certificate programs:
- Concurrent disorders (CD)
- Opioid dependence treatment (ODT) certificate program.
- Participants must have prior experience in supportive counselling or possess equivalent patient care experience. The course will not teach basic counselling skills.
- Participants also must have direct patient care responsibilities. During the course, they will require a setting where they can use MI with patients virtually and/or in-person.
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