**See NOTES on this page for specifics of state and license restrictions.The 2019-2020 “Essential Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use Disorders” online audio/video-based course was developed in 2014 for social work and other clinical professionals working with substance use disorders. It is updated once every three years, most recently in 2017, with the addition of new prevalence statistics for substance use, re-languaging for substance “misuse,” and one new interactive video demonstrating MI clinical techniques.  The 2019-2020 self-study audio/video-based online course features videotaped examples of clinical skills. The course will familiarize clinicians with Motivational Interviewing techniques used with clients in various stages of the substance use disorders. See “course completion requirements” below to earn a certificate for course completion.
About the Course: This is a clinical course that demonstrates how Motivational Interviewing (MI) is used with Substance Use Disorders. Motivational Interviewing is  a person centered counseling approach which helps a client resolve ambivalent feelings about change through skillful listening. Accepting different levels of client readiness for change, MI promotes clinician development and use of skills that promote collaboration, acceptance and client autonomy. Among counseling skills which are valued are OARS skills, EMPATHY and the ability to elicit and reinforce client CHANGE TALK.   The online self-study course can be completed at your leisure;  stop-start-resume the course at will. The cost of the course includes CE credit. Click here to register.

Refunds will be given in exceptional circumstances only within a month of registration. Previous payments w/o completion of the course will be honored only within the calendar year of registration.
Target audience: NYS Social workers. LMHCs, CASACs and other clinical professionals 
Content level: Beginning to intermediate

About the Authors/Instructors:

Tina Iler, LCSWR

Tina Iler, LCSWR, is in private and agency practice in the mid-Hudson region of New York State. She is the Social Work consultant for the BPTI Continuing Education group and the BPTI contact person for continuing education in New Jersey. She has over 25 years experience in direct practice with clients with mental health and substance use disorders.  She is passionate about Motivational Interviewing and trains extensively in MI. As well, she has been trained by the Beck Institute in CBT and the Linehan Institute for DBT and mindfulness.  In her individual therapy, she provides compassionate support to work towards developing coping skills for healthier choices, improved self care, and building resilience to live life with greater ease and acceptance of past or present circumstances. As a trainer, she is resourceful, dynamic and creative. Feedback from previous archived webinar attendees: “It was very informative and I’ve been using this framework within my practice.” -Abigail, Idaho

Course Objectives. .  .

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. identify the prevalence of alcohol use in adolescent and adult populations.

2. identify the prevalence of marijuana use in adolescent and adult populations.

3.  name one effect of Substance Use Disorders on each of the following:  individual behavior, individual psychological health, individual physical health.

4. name one effect of Substance Use Disorders on the social well-being of the community.
5. describe one outcome of the Motivational Interviewing method of treatment for substance use disorder related problems.

6. identify an ethical rationale for the use of Motivational Interviewing strategies for substance use disorder diagnosis and treatment.

7. list 3 Motivational Interviewing strategies to motivate persons with substance use disorders to change the status quo.

8. discuss how persons with substance use disorders move through  decision-making stages in the process of choosing to reduce or eliminate substance use.

9. discuss how to match a Motivational Interviewing treatment intervention to each of two decision-making stages.

Timed Course Agenda: expected to complete in 6 hours, self-paced
1. (1.5 hours) 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 efforts of clients to change
 7. (1.5 hours) Discussion and Modeling of Motivational Interviewing methods of dealing with the efforts of clients to maintain status quo.
Course completion requirements
To earn CE credit, participants must log in, attend the entire course as determined electronically and complete an online course evaluation and a posttest with at least 75% accuracy.. If you don’t pass the posttest the first time, a second chance is offered. Further attempts require the CE Director’s authorization. Certificates of completion will be emailed within 10 business days of course completion.
Course interaction & system requirements
This self-study audio/video online course is self-paced/non-interactive.
Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
Internet browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher
Broadband Internet connections: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible.
Media viewing requirements: Adobe Reader, Flash Player & HTML5
DISABILITIES: For technical difficulties/disabilitiessuch as not having devices with technology which meets operating system requirements, or having difficulty with that technology, paper copies of pretests and posttests can be mailed.
For those with hearing difficulties, the courses have a written narrative which may be accessed with the click of a button. For those who are “print-disabled,” the courses are narrated.
Other difficulties with technology (can’t open a second window on your device, can’t get access to the training site, can’t remember password, etc.) may be able to be remedied by contacting helpdesk@bestpracticetrainers.org which may be able to give assistance
GRIEVANCES: BPTI maintains responsibility for this course. Course questions, comments and complaints can be directed to the Continuing Education Director by email at ruth@bestpracticetrainers.org or by phone at 845-255-5022 or 845-810-0022. BPTI Grievance Policy can be found here BPTI_Grievance policy Course credit through any organization cannot be given retroactively.

**NOTES: NYS OASAS (provider # 0806) has authorized 6 credits for re-credentialing CASACs who take this training (individual and provider level approval).
NYS Social Workers:
Best Practice Trainers, Inc is a recognized CE provider for NYS Social Workers (# SW-0519) and LMHCs (#MHC-0124) and has provider level approval to offer CEs to NYS SWers and LMHCs.  Registrants should note that only 1/3 of contact hours needed  for NY LCSWs and LMSWs can come from non-interactive web coursework. Course credit through any organization cannot be given retroactively.
NJ Social Workers: Our organization has applied for consideration of CE credits to ASWB ACE for each of these audio/video based online courses.

All Other Social Workers: Our organization has submitted an application for consideration of approval as an ASWB ACE provider. See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.