- Motivational Interviewing, and how to use it effectively -

17 modules


Dr William Davies


Motivational Interviewing describes an organized way of helping people to recognize their problems and to do something about them. Principally it addresses behavior about which the client has mixed feelings: drinking and substance misuse for example, but a surprising array of common mental and physical health problems as well. Issues from taking psychoactive medication through to eating more healthily can all be addressed using motivational interviewing.

This course is based on the latest edition of Miller and Rollnick's book so covers the four broad components of skill, namely: Knowledge and Spirit, Engaging, Focusing and Evoking, and Planning and Integration. In addition it looks at the relationship between Motivational Interviewing and The Stages of Change (the work of DiClemente et al). And finally it covers how to develop your Motivational Interviewing skills and practice after the course.

The APT has mastered the delivery of training in Motivational Interviewing 'online anytime'; providing top class training you can access right now or any time that suits you. No longer do you have to wait for 'the start date' of the course.

"Really good course- clearly presented and clinical context given throughout"

Motivational Interviewing training from the Association for Psychological Therapies (APT), includes APT accreditation, certification, and resources. And the APT has perfected the art of delivering it in a way that makes it appear simple and easy to apply.

"Great training, really interesting and well structured."

With a wealth of clinical experience, Dr William Davies presents the course with relevant stories and examples of using motivational interviewing and an engaging lightness which perfectly complements the far reaching nature of the therapy.


"I am delighted by this course. Dr Davies and his dry wit have been wonderful companions. Will buy and undertake others."

This course gives you a thorough introduction to motivational interviewing, it is APT-accredited, and gives you access to important resources for you to use post-course. Whether you simply want to broaden your knowledge or become a committed practitioner of motivational interviewing, this course is for you. The course can be studied by teams or individuals and can also be completed as part of The APT Diploma in Psychological Therapies.

The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists and this course leads to 18 CE credits*

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Who should attend?​

This is an ‘introductory’ course to MI and people who attend normally fall into one of two categories:

1. Professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings, have a significant degree of clinical skill, and wish to become proficient in motivational interviewing.

2. 'Whole teams' (either in inpatient or community settings) seeking to develop a unified level of proficiency in motivational interviewing.

The professional affiliations of people attending this course include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and others working in a variety of settings including: Substance Misuse, Forensic, Adult Mental Health, and Children & Adolescents.

Course subjects:

  • Definition and description of Motivational Interviewing.
  • The underlying spirit of motivational interviewing.
  • Reflective Listening and the client centred OARS skills.
  • Identifying the goals the client wants to move towards.
  • Exchanging information and providing advice.
  • Generating change talk (where the client talks about changing) and responding to it in a way that develops and encourages it.
  • Traps to avoid in early stages of therapy.
  • Responding to sustain talk (where the client talks about sustaining the way they are right now) in a way that doesn't encourage it.
  • Developing hope and confidence.
  • Timing, and negotiating a plan of change.
  • Strengthening commitment.
  • Integrating motivational interviewing with other clinical approaches.
  • The link between motivational interviewing (Miller and Rollnick) and the stages of change model (Prochaska et al).
  • Developing your motivational interviewing skill and practice after the course.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • List the purpose, the principles, and the stages of the MI approach.
  • Describe how MI fits with the “Stages of Change” theory.
  • Apply Motivational Interviewing techniques to move people through the Stages of Change.
  • Identify at which stage a person is at in the “Stages of Change” and how to meet them at that stage.
  • Describe how to recognize and generate “change talk” in their patients.
  • Identify “sustain talk” which may indicate a person’s ambivalence about changing.
  • Identify signs that a person is showing readiness to change. 
  • Demonstrate how to establish “Decisional Balance” with a person to highlight the pros and cons of changing. 
  • Explain why it is important to boost a person’s self-efficacy. 
  • Discuss why it is important to strengthen a person’s commitment to their plan for change, and how.



This course is APT-professional accredited. To be APT-professional accredited, means it receives an average rating of over 90% from the mental health professionals who attend it, on each of the two key scales of relevance and presentation-quality. We view this as a very high and relevant level of accreditation. 


CE Credits from the APA

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*The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. The Association for Psychological Therapies (APT) maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Upon completion of this course you can apply for CE certification for an additional cost of $20 USD (for training purchased after 08/14/2023). 

Requirements for completion: To be awarded CE credits for this course 100% attendance is required for live training. For the 'online anytime' (self-paced) version, you are required to complete the course in full and complete a multiple choice exam whereby a pass marks of 85% is required (failure on the third attempt would result in having to go back through the content again). A feedback survey is also required to be completed.

Note: there may be other professional licensing boards that accept CE credits earned from APA-approved sponsors. Because CE regulations vary by state and profession, we recommend that participants check with their state licensing board to inquire whether credits will be accepted for renewal of licensure. We do not have any authority over whether credits earned will be accepted, as this authority rests with the state licensing boards.


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By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate APT Accreditation, Level 2 (18 hours CPD)

Learning Credits

Introduction and Welcome
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Motivational Interviewing Knowledge and Spirit
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Comparison with The Stages of Change
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William Miller
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The Principles
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Moving from Stage 1 to Stage 2
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Moving from Stage 2 to Stage 3
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Empathic Listening
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Other Methods for moving from Stage 2 to 3
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Decisional Balance
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Responding to Sustain Talk
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Moving from Stage 3 to Stage 4
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Doing it Informally
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Applying Motivational Intervieiwng Reliably
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What have you earned by completing this course?
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Added 3 months ago, by Ann
I love MI and will want to apply it in my advance nursing practice. team. Thank you
Added 3 months ago, by Lisa
Lots of information in this course that will be very helpful in my work.
Added 3 months ago, by Jaana
Excellent course
Added 3 months ago, by Anonymous
Added 3 months ago, by Erin
This course was great! I am excited to use my skills
Added 4 months ago, by Anonymous
great material and exercises!
Added 5 months ago, by Brooke
I found this course very helpful.
Added 7 months ago, by SANDRA
love this work
Added 7 months ago, by Anonymous
A lot of useful information
Added 7 months ago, by Michael
Great course! a lot of ground covered:-)

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