We, as human service practitioners, spend a large amount of time trying to help our clients to change. Whether it is encouraging someone to cut back on their drinking or helping them access mental health services-we strive to promote healthier behaviors. In this course we will discuss and practice an effective method of helping our clients change-motivational interviewing (MI).
MI is a client-centered, directive method of increasing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence (Miller & Rollnick, 2002). The roots of MI lie in substance abuse treatment and currently have been expanded to other health promotion areas such as mental health, corrections, medication adherence, nutrition and weight management, and smoking cessation, among many others. MI provides a framework for understanding the process of change and gives practitioners tools to engage in prevention and intervention efforts.
This course is a designed as a mixture of didactic instruction, role-plays, and discussion. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to MI theory and underlying concepts, and will be able to practice these new skills during class.
Please note: This is a "self-support" course. This self-support fee listed above replaces the cost of regular tuition and is paid regardless of student residency status or total course load. Course fees are subject to change at anytime. For more information on tuition consult the Registrar's Office. Students using financial aid, VA benefits, or other scholarships should review the details of their financial package to confirm that self-support fee courses are covered.