Motivational Interviewing Beyond Foundations: Online Mini Courses

Motivational Interviewing (MI) Beyond Foundations: Online Mini Courses

  Each course contains approximately 45-90 minutes self-paced online content, followed by a 30 minute practice and feedback session.

  Appropriate for a wide range of professionals and peers who have a foundational knowledge of MI.

The MI Beyond Foundations mini courses are designed for learners who want to deepen their MI knowledge, skills, strategies. Each mini course focuses on one concept and is designed with practical application in mind. For more information about each offering, click on the titles below.

In MI, discrepancy is when a person’s behaviour doesn’t match with their values or goals. Or, their current state doesn’t match their desired state. This mini course explores the concept of discrepancy and strategies for developing a sense of discrepancy when a person doesn’t see the conflict between their behaviours and values or goals. Topics include:

  • Defining discrepancy
  • Spirit of MI and discrepancy
  • Ways to develop discrepancy

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Engagement is the foundation of MI interactions, and the Focus on Engagement mini course can help to avoid common disengagement traps, or habits in communication that undermine or contradict a spirit of MI: compassion, acceptance, partnership, and evocation. Topics include:

  • The spirit of MI and engagement
  • Cues of disengagement
  • Disengagement traps
  • Ways to deepen or evoke engagement

See course outline

This mini course focuses on understanding and navigating communication roadblocks in order to demonstrate the spirit of MI, build understanding, maintain engagement, deepen the conversation, and support movement towards change. Topics include:

  • Types of communication roadblocks
  • Self-awareness in relation to communication roadblocks
  • MI consistent ways to address communication roadblocks.

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Supporting a person’s autonomy is an important part of MI. It can be difficult to determine what that looks like in situations where risk is involved. This mini course focuses on how to:

  • Identify risk
  • Distinguish between tolerable and intolerable risk
  • Examine your role in relation to risk
  • Respond to risk in MI-consistent ways.

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This mini course explores how to have conversations about values in MI in order to help people better understand their behaviour, consider alternate behaviours. Topics include:

  • The role of values in conversations about change.
  • How to identify values in a conversation about change.
  • How to incorporate a person’s values into a conversation about change.

See course outline

Each course can accommodate 6-24 learners per group.

Contact us for more information about registration.

These are interactive courses that are designed for participants who want to consider practical applications to their work. CCMI uses learner-centred, performance-based approaches to adult education. Courses include

  • Interactive learning modules with audio, reading, and practice activities.
  • Assignments with feedback from an instructor.
  • One-on-one practice and feedback sessions over zoom with a CCMI practice facilitator.

In order to complete this course, learners will need:

  • Access to a computer, laptop, or tablet with the capability to watch and listen to video and audio.
  • Internet connection
  • Up to date browser including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge. The course will not run with Internet Explorer

See our CCMI Services page for an overview of all of our offerings and details like prerequisites, duration, and capacity.