Motivational Interviewing (MI) is  a person centered counseling method which helps a client resolve ambivalent feelings about change through skillful listening. It accepts different levels of readiness for change. Among counseling skills which are valued are OARS skills, EMPATHY and the ability to elicit and reinforce client CHANGE TALK.   The online course can be completed at your leisure, is worth 6 CEUs for social workers and mental health counselors from the NY State Education Department (provider #SW-0519, #MHC-0124), and NYS OASAS (provider #0806). The cost of the online course is $30. Click here to register. 


Course Goals and Objectives. .  .

Goals: Participants will gain an understanding 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. Click here to register.



1. Participants will understand the incidence and prevalence of alcohol, cocaine, marijuana use in adolescent and adult populations.
2. Participants will understand the behavior, psychological, physical health and social effects of alcohol and substance use, misuse or dependence on individuals, families and communities.
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.
4. Participants will understand the ethical rationale for, and the use of Motivational Interviewing strategies for alcohol and substance use, misuse and dependence diagnosis and treatment.
5. Participants will understand how to match Motivational Interviewing treatment interventions to processes of change.

Timed Course Agenda: expected to complete in 6 hours, self-paced
1. (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 processes of change
 7. (1.5 hours) Discussion and Modeling of Motivational Interviewing methods of dealing with the efforts of clients to maintain status quo.

NOTES: This training is available in 2019 for re-credentialing CASACs, LMSWs, LCSWs, and LMHCs. See NOTES on this page for further information for your state and license. NYS OASAS has authorized 6 credits for re-credentialing CASACs who take this training. NY State has authorized 6 credits for LMSWs, LCSWs, and LMHCs who take this training.  Registrants should note that only 1/3 of contact hours needed  for NY LCSWs and LMSWs can come from web coursework.