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The Addiction Technology Transfer Center of New England , funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) at Brown University Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies, is offering a credited, on-line course on motivational interviewing: practicing the style.

A highly successful treatment approach developed by Drs. William Miller and Steven Rollnick, Motivational Interviewing (MI), is a person centered, guiding method of communication to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. This course, the third in a series, will focus on the application of MI. Participants will be offered opportunities to use Motivational interviewing in online role plays. At the conclusion of the course, all participants will be provided with individualized feedback on a practice session with a simulated online patient from which they can design their own action plan for MI proficiency.


Laura A. Saunders, MSSW is a Senior Counseling Manager in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and an independent consultant. Ms. Saunders is a member of the international network for Motivational Interviewing trainers (MINT). Her research, teaching, and publications reflect her longstanding interest in helping persons with alcohol and drug use disorders. She has practiced and taught Motivational interviewing for over 18 years. She also provides in person training and ongoing coaching to health care, human service and criminal justice practitioners throughout the US. One of her most exciting opportunities was sharing MI with physicians and nurses in Hai Phong, Vietnam.

Course Objectives

  • Demonstrate the spirit and principles of MI
  • Utilize OARS to shape the direction of the session
  • Recognize and respond appropriately to change talk
  • Discuss the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Scale (MITI) and it’s use in improving MI adherence
  • Rate one’s own practice for fidelity to the principles of Motivational interviewing

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course, beginning on May 20, 2013. Requirements are:

  • Required on-line reading (one hour per week)
  • Completion of pre and post test
  • Completion of weekly homework assignments (one hour per week)
  • Participation in the weekly course forum
  • Completion of an on-line course evaluation

*Please note that there are no real time events associated with this course. Lessons will be posted on the class home page on Tuesday and responses are due the following Monday. With the exception of the first weeks lesson which will be posted Monday with the responses due the following Monday. Assignments can be accessed at the participant’s convenience.

A full refund is available up until May 28, 2013 after which there will be no refunds.


$60.00 Certification

  • This four-week course, which begins on May 20, 2013, has been approved by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) for 8 educational credits. It is being provided by the Brown Distance Learning program, which is accredited as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider (#000151).
  • This course is approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for 8 Category 1 continuing education for Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC’s). The CCB is an IC&RC affiliate.
  • The New York State OASAS does accept distance learning CEUs provided by institutions of higher learning for individuals pursuing or renewing a CASAC, CPP or CPS.
  • ATTC of New England DLP is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP ™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. (provider # 6463) 3 clock hours will be provided for this event.

$80.00 Certification

  • This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers (provider # 886514487) for 8 continuing education contact hours.

*Combined certificates are available upon request.

Certificates will be immediately printable from the course homepage to participants in the program for its duration who submit all required materials.

Please contact your local certification board to verify reciprocity or acceptance of The ATTC of New England’s Distance Learning contact hours.

To participate, you must have:

  • An E-mail address and the capacity to retrieve and send E-mail;
  • Access to World Wide Web (the following programs provide WWW access: Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 7.0 or higher is the preferred browser for ATTC of New England DLP online courses
  • The ability to navigate the World Wide Web
  • A basic understanding of how to use a computer and send and receive email


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