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The 2019-2021 “Essential Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use Disorders” online audio/video-based course is updated once every three years, most recently in 2020, with the addition of a  video demonstration of the use of the OARS skills with a dually-diagnosed client.  The 2019-2021 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.

CE Information This is a 6 CE course ($35) for NYS re-credentialing CASACs. 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:  Social workers, LMHCs, CASACs and other clinical professionals 
Content level: Beginning to intermediate


About the Clinical Instructor:

Tina Iler, LCSWR

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 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 approximately 6 hours, depending on level of education and experience.
Below are approximate times for completion.

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, 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 emailed within 10 business days of course completion. Course credit through any organization 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   .

Best Practice Trainers is a recognized CE provider for NYS OASAS (provider # 0806) and has provider level approval to offer CEs to re-credentialing CASACs who take this training. (Provider level and individual course level approval).

NYS and All Other Social Workers: see Self-Study page for information about CEs and Courses for self-study courses such as this one.