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Certificate of Intensive Training in Motivational Interviewing

Evidence-Based Program to Build MI Knowledge and Skills

Our Certificate of Intensive Training in Motivational Interviewing is a semester-long course that is founded on the principles detailed in Miller & Rollnick, Motivational Interviewing, 3rd ed. The evidence tells us that clinicians only begin to successfully use MI when they have had opportunities to engage in the deliberate practice of Motivational Interviewing. 

Who should take this course

This course is designed for individuals in healthcare fields who wish to become active practitioners of MI. There are no prerequisites.

What are the elements of the course?

Video, readings, active practice and analysis and reflection on your growing skills--this is the way to become a capable MI practitioner.

  • 10 pre-recorded, online, Lessons
  • Five live online, interactive group Learning Labs (find the schedules for these HERE)
  • Two Practice Sessions with an Acting Patient
  • Feedback on MI skills in each recorded session using the MITI 4 coding system
  • Two individual coaching sessions with a professional experienced MI coach

Our online course provides a solid academic understanding with Lessons designed by Course Director, Daniel Mullin, PsyD, MPH and a faculty of MI experts, all of whom are members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). We engage students beyond the academic understanding of active skills practice with live, online Learning Labs during which you will be able to practice with other students from around the country who are taking the course.  Finally, at the beginning and end of each course, we give students the opportunity to gauge their skill-building progress via recorded interactions with Acting Patients. These recordings are professionally coded using the universally accepted, MITI and then you can speak with an experienced MI coach to review the coding and hear suggestions about the expertise you were able to demonstrate.

Listen to a sample of an Acting Patient Encounter below. 

Tuition and Payment
  • $1400 per individual--please note that we do not allow multiple individuals to view the course with a single registration.  Each individual must register separately
  • payment can be made with a credit card, check or institutional POs
  • group rates and UMass discounts available, please contact a learning specialist
  • Refund Policy: Click here for details
Technology Requirements
  • An internet-connected device: laptop, desktop computer, tablet, smartphone 
  • For the "Learning Labs," a microphone and speakers on your internet-connected device will be necessary. 
  • For the Acting Patient encounters and Coaching sessions, you will need a phone; please note that we cannot be responsible for any phone charges. 
International Students

We welcome students from all over the world.  Please note that while you can access the pre-recorded course Lessons at any time, the live Learning Labs are scheduled for mid-day Eastern Time Zone in the US.  To join these required webinars, you will need a phone capable of receiving/making calls to the US.  Please check your phone service, we cannot be responsible for phone charges/overages/internet usage.

Continuing Education credits available

Click here  for details

MI Registration and Course Schedule

MI Fall Course

  • Registration Opens: 2/24/2021
  • Registration Closes: 8/1/2021
  • Course Opens: 8/16/2021
  • Last Day to Finish Requirements: 1/21/2022
  • Course Access Ends: 2/28/2022

MI Spring Course

  • Registration Opens: 8/1/2021
  • Registration Closes: 1/1/2022
  • Course Opens: 1/18/2022
  • Last Day to Finish Requirements: 6/5/2022
  • Course Access Ends: 6/15/2022