Self-paced Online Introductory

You can take this online course in the convenience of your home or office in your own time. This course is designed for counselors and therapists of all kinds; psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, addiction counselors, life and health coaches, nurses, doctors, anyone who is helping people make healthy decisions in their lives.

Training includes 13 modules of animated videos, post-tests, and exercises for you to really learn the skills, not just the theory. You can complete the modules whenever you want on your own schedule. Two 90 minute online sessions (3 hours) with the instructor and 10 or fewer students are scheduled the first and third Wednesday of every month. Participants receive a certificate of completion after completing the modules, passing all post-tests, attending the 2 zoom sessions, and submitting a course evaluation.

Upon completion of this online training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how MI can be used as a stand alone treatment or as an adjunct to other forms of treatment or research programs.

  2. Recite the four factors that comprise the “spirit” of MI and describe how they relate to behavioral change.

  3. Ask the two key questions that comprise the “readiness ruler” technique to assess a client’s motivation to change.

  4. Demonstrate the use of two follow-up questions to the readiness ruler that would increase client motivation.

  5. Demonstrate the use of the four fundamental, “OARS” skills in a conversation.

  6. Provide at least 50% reflective listening responses during a conversation.

  7. Demonstrate two ways to respond to and increase client “change talk

  8.  Demonstrate two ways to respond to and reduce “sustain talk.”

9. Demonstrate at least two strategies for eliciting client “change talk.”

10. Use four techniques to provide information to clients that are designed to increase client acceptance and reduce client resistance to the information.

11.Describe the source, importance and function of client resistance or discord in a therapeutic relationship.

12.Demonstrate two ways to manage clients’ resistance or discord and non-adherence.

13. Recognize two signs that clients are ready to develop a change plan.

14. Develop a SMART change plan and ask a key question to secure client commitment.

The instructor, Dr. William Matulich, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience, a member of MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, since 2006, and an experienced MI practitioner, author, instructor, and lecturer.

William J. Matulich, Ph.D. is approved by CAMFT to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs. Provider #: 133485

William J. Matulich, Ph.D. is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists.

William J. Matulich is approved by CCAPP-EI : Provider #: 1-20-328-1122 for addiction counselors.

William J. Matulich, Ph.D. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Call 619-665-5508 or email: for further information including accommodation for disability, refund policy, and instructions for addressing grievances.

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Online, Self-Paced, MI introductory course includes 13 animated and engaging videos, post-tests, and exercises plus 3 hours of live training via zoom.
1 Jan 2021 - 12:01am to 31 Dec 2021 - 12:00am
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