Using Motivational Interviewing to Enhance your Practice


Credits: 1.25
Type: Recorded asynchronous distance

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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.

Delivery Method

This course consists of a recorded video and posttest.

Course Level

This course is geared for professionals at the basic, intermediate, advanced and clinical levels.

Learning Outcomes

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, provider number 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/2022-9/29/2025. Social workers completing this course receive 1.25 clinical continuing education credits.

How to Claim Credit

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.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Online courses cannot be cancelled and refunds are not available.


If you have any questions regarding this course, need assistance registering for it, or experience any technical difficulties with completing it, please contact Melissa Whitaker at

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