• Motivational Interviewing: Conversations of Change
2021 Behavioral Health Workforce Development Series Ends September 30, 2021 | 11:59 p.m.


Motivational Interviewing: Conversations of Change

Developed January 2020

Deadline for completion is September 30

3 CE Credits

This training is approved for CE for social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists in the state of Ohio. This training is approved for chemical dependency counselors in domain C2 and prevention professionals in domain P3.

Level of Course | 100 Beginner

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based practice developed to increase people’s motivation to change through collaborative conversations in an environment of compassion and empathy. The primary objective of this training series is to teach individuals the technical and relational skills of MI within the framework of the latest 3rd edition of William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnicks’; Motivational Interviewing; Helping People Change.

This training will apply interactive methods to enhance the learning through a variety of experiences such as: experiential exercises, real and role plays, videos, and demonstrations. Participants will obtain general knowledge in the four processes of MI; engaging, evoking, focusing and planning. Upon completion, participants will have developed proficiency in the following core skills: open ended questions, affirmations, empathic reflections, and summaries. These skills are practiced throughout the four processes to support people in resolving the common problem of ambivalence with the overarching goal of making healthy life changes.


  1. To understand the underlying spirit of Motivational Interviewing and the influences of intervention, including ethical
  2. To understand and identify technical skills of Motivational Interviewing.
  3. To recognize reflective listening responses and differentiate them from other counseling responses.

This course is constructed as reading-based and noninteractive.

Developed by James Portner,LISW-S, LICDC-CS

Director of the Intensive Treatment Division for the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System

James is the Director of the Intensive Treatment Division for the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System. This division specializes in the provision of evidence-based practices for Veterans with severe mental health conditions and substance use disorders. He also serves as a subject matter expert for the National Motivational Interviewing (MI) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) program. He specializes in the training, implementation, and clinical supervision of evidence-based practices for dual diagnoses treatments including MI and MET. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, a prestigious and selective national group of MI professionals. Mr. Portner serves as an adjunct professor for The Ohio State University College of Social Work where he received both his bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work.

Evaluations will be immediately downloadable and must be completed to receive CE credits. Certificates will be available to download once the once the evaluation is received.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please contact us at cswce@osu.edu should you need further assistance.

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Generously funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work is an approved provider for the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (CSWMFT) Board. Provider Number: RCST111747

The Ohio State University College of Social Work is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Provider Number: 50-24068