Essential Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use Disorders

2.25 CEs (NYS Clinicians) & 6CEs (CASACs) | $39.50 | Tina Iler | Beginning to intermediate level.

Join experienced clinical social worker and psychotherapist Tina Iler, LCSWR as she discusses and demonstrates how Motivational Interviewing (MI) is used with clients in various stages of Substance Use Disorders. Among counseling skills which she demonstrates are: OARS skills, EMPATHY, and CHANGE TALK. Created in 2016 and updated in 2022 with current SUD information, this two and a quarter hour long beginning to intermediate level online, self-study audio/video course features videotaped examples of clinical skills.

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 1/4  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. (1.25 hour) Discussion and modeling of assessment, interventions using MI in various decision-making stages.

What you get from this offer

Access to the course

Get access to a 2 and 1/4-hour long course.

Approved CEs

The completion of the course will grant you up to 6 CEs (depending on your degree, see information at the top)


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Approved credits


Recognized CE provider for NYS OASAS (#0806) and has individual course and provider level approval to offer CEs for these webinars to NYS re-credentialing CASACs. 

For NYS Clinicians

Recognized CE provider for NYS Social Workers (# SW-0519) and LMHCs (#MHC-0124) and has provider level approval to offer CEs for these recorded webinars 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.

All Other Social Workers*

Essential Motivational Interviewing for Substance Use Disorders (#4188) has been approved by the ASWB ACE program to be offered by Best Practice Trainers, Inc. as an individual course that is available for CEs for social workers in the US and Canada. 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: 5/29/2022 – 5/29/2024. *See a map showing what jurisdictions accept ACE here.

About the authors

Tina Iler, LCSWR and Ruth Campbell, LCSW, Ph.D.

Tina Iler, LCSWR

Course Author

Tina 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 

Course Narrator

Ruth 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. (BPTI), 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. She is a thoughtful and thought-provoking writer. Read her bio here.

Completion requirements

To earn CE credit, participants must log in, attend the entire course as determined electronically and complete a course evaluation and posttest with at least 75% accuracy.

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