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The 2022 Essential Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use Disorders online audio/video-based course was created in 2016. It is updated once every two years, most recently in 2022, with the update of the prevalence statistics for substance use disorders, and current information about the neurological underpinnings of substance use and misuse. The 2022 recorded 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. It accepts 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.

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CE Information This is a 2 CE course ($35) for NYS clinicians. Cost includes CE credit.
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 and other clinical professionals 
Content level: Beginning to intermediate

About the Clinical Instructor:

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 the US and Canada. 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 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 Read her bio here.
About the Narrator Instructor:
The voice of the narrator in this course is that of Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D. She is currently in private practice in New York City and in upstate NY. She is the Continuing Education Director of the non-profit organization Best Practice Trainers, Inc., which has a research and training mission. She has 40 years’ experience working in mental health settings as a clinician, teacher, and author, and over 20 years’ experience in direct practice with Substance Use Disorders. Read her bio here. 

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: self-paced, expected to complete in 2  hours.

1. (1.0 hour)
 Incidence and prevalence of addiction to alcohol, marijuana and cocaine, specific biological mechanisms for the addictive process. Rationale for Best Practice Use in SUD treatment, including research outcomes with Motivational Interviewing interventions.
2. (1.0 hour) Discussion and modeling of assessment, interventions using MI in various decision-making stages.

Course completion requirements
To earn CE credit, participants must log in, complete a pretest, attend the entire course as determined electronically and complete an online course evaluation and a posttest with at least 75% accuracy. Anyone who does not pass the posttest with 75% accuracy the first time can get a second chance using the training materials. Further attempts require the CE Director’s authorization. Certificates of completion will be available at the touch of a button. Course credit cannot be given retroactively. No partial credit can be given for any partially completed course.
Course interaction & system requirements
This self-study recorded 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 and technical difficulties: For disabilities and/or technical difficulties, please contact Ruth at 845-810-0022 or 845-255-5022 or email for assistance. Contacting may also 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, Ruth Campbell,  by email at or by phone at 845-255-5022 or 845-810-0022. BPTI Grievance Policy can be found BPTI_Grievance policy 2020rev_4  . Course credit through any organization cannot be given retroactively.

NYS CASACs: See the CASAC tab for information about specifics and CEs for this course.
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.
NJ and All Other Social Workers: Essential Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use Disorders, #2814, is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to be offered by Best Practice Trainers, Inc. as an individual course. Individual courses, not providers, are approved at the course level. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. ACE course approval period: 5/29/2020 – 5/29/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 2 clinical social work continuing education credits.

See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.