FREE Introductory Brief Action Planning Online H. Bolter

A Motivational Interviewing-Consistent Roadmap into and through Planning

Brief Action Planning (BAP) is a pragmatic, evidence-informed, and versatile MI-consistent tool designed to support client self-management and facilitate health behavior change. In the recent 4th Edition of Motivational Interviewing, (2023), Miller and Rollnick discuss the MI-consistent use of BAP in Chapter 7 on Planning: “...when a person appears engaged and ready for action, there may be little need for evoking. It might even deter progress. In this context, a practitioner can both query readiness and initiate a planning process with brief action p;lanning (BAP), a method currently being taught in medical settings.” This presentation provides an overview of the core principles and practice of Brief Action Planning, and introduces learners to a novel integration of BAP and MI, called “BAP-MI.”

Who Can Attend?

Even though the session may be best suited for those who have already learned the basics of motivational interviewing, all are welcome to attend and participate.

After participating in this activity, learners will be able to:

  • Describe the Five Foundational and Three Stepped-Care  competencies of BAP; and

  • Define the Spirit of MI and and its importance for the clinical practice of BAP.

  • Receive a certificate for 1 hour of CE for this FREE workshop! MI Center for Change is an NBCC Approved Provider ACEP #7223.

    MI Center for Change is also approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. 


    And don’t worry, if you miss the live workshop, we will send you access to the recording! 

    (To receive CE credit you must attend the live event)

Speaker Bio:

Steven A. Cole, M.D., M.A.

Steven Cole, MD, MA (Sociology) is a Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Scientific Education at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. Trained at Harvard, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Cole is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and has attained Added Qualifications in both Geriatric Psychiatry and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. He has received grants and contracts from the Jonathan D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and many others, most related to depression in primary care or in the medically ill.
Dr. Cole has achieved wide recognition as an expert on medical communication. He published a premier textbook on the medical interview, first published in 1990, with its fourth edition now in press, entitled, The Medical Interview: The Three Function Approach to Relationship Centered Care, Elsevier 2022. Dr. Cole is a member of MINT, (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) and with contributions from three MINT colleagues, developed Brief Action Planning (BAP), a pragmatic, evidence-informed, and versatile MI-consistent tool designed to support patient self-management and facilitate health behavior change ( He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, 35 book chapters, and 150 scholarly posters and presentations nationally and internationally.
Dr. Cole is the Founder and current Director of the BAP Professional Network. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and certified in BAP Core Competencies.

Deirdra Frum Vassallo PsyD ABPP

Dr. Frum-Vassallo has her doctorate of psychology from LaSalle University (2011) where she concentrated in health psychology. She has been working in health psychology with Veterans affairs for over a decade and now serves as the Health Behavior Coordinator at the Northport VAMC. She is the regional trainer for Motivational interviewing in VISN2 and a member of MINT. She is a member of the BAP- Professional Network and serves on the committee for certification. Dr. Frum-Vassallo is the Director of an APA accredited  Postdoctoral Training for a Fellowship concentrating in Primary Care Mental Health, Health promotion Disease Prevention and interdisciplinary work.

1 Hour FREE Workshop

A Motivational Interviewing-Consistent Roadmap into and through Planning

1:00-2:00pm ET Thursday May 30th, 2024

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A Motivational Interviewing-Consistent Roadmap into and through Planning
30 May 2024 - 1:00pm
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