About the Motivational Interviewing course

The Motivational Interviewing online course is available to all NYS social workers (LMSWs and LCSWs), LMHCs, and CASACs in 2018.

Course Goals and Objectives. .  .

The Motivational Interviewing course has been updated for 2018. Participants will gain an understanding of the disease of addiction: models of addiction, outcomes of addiction, modes of treatment, ethical responsibilities to clients, Motivational Interviewing intervention and treatment strategies which are effective with teens and adults who use cocaine, marijuana and alcohol. Participants will gain applicable assessment and treatment skills.

Objective 1. Participants will understand the incidence and prevalence of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana use in adolescent and adult populations.
Objective 2. Participants will understand the behavior, psychological, physical health and social effects of alcohol and substance use, abuse or dependence on individuals, families and communities.
Objective 3. Participants will understand the philosophies, practices, policies and outcomes of the most generally accepted models of treatment, recovery, relapse-prevention and continuing care for alcohol and substance use, abuse or dependence-related problems.
Objective 4. Participants will understand the ethical rationale for, and the use of Motivational Interviewing strategies for alcohol and substance use, abuse and dependence diagnosis and treatment.
Objective 5. Participants will understand the Stages of Change decisional balance concerning addictions. Participants will understand how persons with substance use disorders move through the Stages of Change in order to move through processes in which they may be more or less resistant to treatment suggestions.
Objective 6. Participants will understand how to match Motivational Interviewing treatment interventions to stages of change.

Timed Course Agenda: expected to complete in 6 hours, self-paced
 (1.5 hours) Incidence and prevalence of addiction to alcohol, marijuana and cocaine for adults and teens, and consequences
 2. (.5 hours) Specific biological mechanisms for cocaine, alcohol, marijuana
 3. (.5 hours) Rationale for Best Practice Use in SUD treatment
 4. (.5 hours) Discussion of research concerning Motivational Interviewing use with cocaine, alcohol, marijuana
 5. (.5 hours) Discussion and Modeling of assessment with Motivational Interviewing methods
 6.  (1 hour) Discussion and Modeling of Motivational Interviewing methods of dealing with the early decision-making stages of Substance Abuse/Dependence
 7. (1.5 hours) Discussion and Modeling of Motivational Interviewing methods of dealing with the efforts of clients to maintain status quo and not change.