Motivational Interviewing

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Brown University Distance Learning Program is offering a credited, on-line course on motivational interviewing: fundamentals.

A highly successful treatment approach developed by Dr. William Miller, Motivational Interviewing techniques have been well established as an effective means of helping individuals recognize present and potential problems, while creating an openness to the concept of change. The discussion material and information will be given via a class WWW page, and bulletin board, with more in depth on-line information found through links to other sites. This introductory course will provide the individual with a fundamental understanding of Motivational Interviewing techniques and Prochaska and Di Clemente’s transtheoretical model “Stages of Readiness to Change.” This online workshop will conclude with a demonstration of motivational interviewing techniques.


Laura A. Saunders, MSSW. Ms. Saunders is a Senior Counseling Manager in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. 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 12 years. Currently, Ms. Saunders trains and monitors the clinical practice of eighteen health educators who deliver services for the Wisconsin SBIRT project, Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL). She also provides in person training and ongoing coaching to practitioners throughout Wisconsin.

Course Objectives

  • To provide a fundamental understanding of Prochaska and Di Clemente’s trans-theoretical model “Stages of Readiness to Change.
  • To provide the individual with a basic understanding of William Miller’s motivational interviewing techniques for promoting behavior change.
  • To assist the participant in developing the confidence and the ability to begin applying motivational interviewing techniques in practice.
  • To foster a desire to seek additional training and supervision of motivational interviewing techniques.

Course Requirements

This is a four-week course 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.

The total cost of this course is $60.00 the course payment is due by the start date of the course. A full refund is available up until the posting of the second lesson, after which there will be no refunds.


This four-week course, 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 meets the qualifications for 8 hours of continuing education credit for MFCC’s and/or LCSW’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (PCE#1917). This course is approved by the Connecticut Certification Board (CCB) for eight 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. Certificates will be mailed within two weeks 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 Brown 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: Netscape, Apple CyberDog, and Microsoft Explorer)
  • Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher is the preferred browser for Brown 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


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The course start date or when the course limit is reached.

To register for this course please log into your account or create your account then log into your account and click the Enroll in a New Course link at the bottom of your account page. On the Enrollment page select the course you wish to register for using the pull down menu and click on the enroll button.  Having enrolled into the course you will be prompted for payment. You may make your payment online or by regular mail. To view payment information please use the payment policies.

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