Motivational Interviewing


Motivational interviewing (MI) is a patient-centered conversation technique used in assessing and assisting patients in the process of health behavior change. MI is a skill set that helps health care providers identify and resolve patient’s hesitancy or concerns with treatments, including vaccinations.




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Continuing Education

Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents in Primary Care: The Basics

This self-paced course provides an overview of motivational interviewing for the primary care provider with a focus on the spirit and principles of motivational interviewing, and examples of motivational interviewing strategies. Expiration Date: This activity was originally released on October 19, 2018 and is available for continuing education credit until October 18, 2020.

At the completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental spirit and principles of Motivational Interviewing.

  • Describe the Motivational Interviewing approach to assessing readiness for change.

  • Describe the Motivational Interviewing approach to building motivation and confidence for change.

Author/Presenter: Nicholas Weiss, MD is a PAL (Partnership Access Line) Program Consultant for Seattle Children’s Hospital. PAL supports primary care providers (doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) with questions about mental health care such as diagnostic clarification, medication adjustment or treatment planning. 

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Motivational Interviewing Books

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Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals

Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals: A Sensible Approach presents a new way of teaching the theory and practice of motivational interviewing (MI).

Using MI will enable you to communicate with your patients in a clear, concise, and sensible way that helps open your patients to the possibility of behavior change. By using the tools and skills in this revised second edition, you can have a greater impact on improving patient outcomes.

Sale Price: $20.00 (you do not have to be an APhA member to purchase) Click image to go to the link for purchase information