This course is geared for professionals at the basic, intermediate, advanced and clinical levels. Motivational Interviewing is a client centered and directive approach to therapy that assists individuals in resolving their ambivalence about positive change. It was developed by William Miller, University of New Mexico, and Richard Rollnick, University of New South Wales, as a treatment protocol for substance misusing individuals. However, it has proven very successful in dealing with a wide range of human problems--both emotional and medical-- where significant changes in entrenched behaviors are necessary to bring about healing. Through the use of video recorded lecture and PowerPoint this training focuses on the basic principles and strategies of initial work with clients who might benefit from such an approach.

This course consists of a recorded lecture and interactive quizzes.

At the conclusion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  • Identify the stages of change as described by Miller and Rollnick (1991).
  • Describe the difference between open and closed questions.
  • Identify the qualities of a good motivational counselor.
  • Determine basic strategies of dealing with resistant clients.

Theodore M. Godlaski, M.Div., CADC is a retired Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Social Work at the University of Kentucky. He spent 23 years doing treatment, program administration, and clinical supervision before coming to the University of Kentucky School of Medicine, Center on Drug and Alcohol Research in 1993. In August of 2002 he moved from the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research to the College of Social Work in order to devote more time to teaching. He retired from the College of Social Work in 2019. He is former Chairperson of the National Ethics Committee for the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Counselors and worked on the revision of their code of ethics. He also served as a member of the Kentucky Certification Board of Chemical Dependency Counselors and a member of its Complaint Committee. He was also a senior area editor for the journal Substance Use and Misuse (formerly International Journal on the Addictions). He has been involved in treatment outcome and treatment effectiveness research as well as research to develop a treatment approach specifically for rural substance abusers.

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work, ACE Approval #1377, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. The UK College of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period 9/29/2019 - 9/29/2022. Social workers completing this course receive one continuing education credit.

This course is also approved for 1.0 continuing education hour by the Kentucky Board of Social Work, the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology, the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.

Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, go here

To receive credit for this course, you must view/complete the entire course, pass the related post-test, and submit a completed course evaluation. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. Your certificate will become available for an automatic download once all of the requirements are complete.

Online courses cannot be cancelled and refunds are not available.

Course Originally Released on: 8/21/2014

If you have any questions regarding this course, need assistance registering for it, or experience any technical difficulties with completing it, please contact Miranda Huffman at or at (859) 257-2895.



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Online Course
Due Date90 days from learner start date
Module 1 Using Motivational Interviewing to Enhance your Practice
Lesson 1 Course Material - Using Motivational Interviewing to Enhance your Practice
Lesson 2 Using Motivational Interviewing to Enhance your Practice
Module 2 Course Quiz
Lesson 1 Quiz
Module 3 Course Feedback
Lesson 1 Feedback