Do you want to effectively support and empower adolescents dealing with health concerns?

We want to shake sense into them, but advising, directing, or acting as the “expert” often leads to resistance, and therapeutic impasse—particularly with adolescents, who crave support for individuation.

Motivational Interviewing offers a refreshing, collaborative alternative to the directive approaches many of us were taught, and is highly effective with a population that displays a strong need for autonomy.


See why MI is so widely adopted in health-care settings and how its spirit of collaboration reduces resistance and promotes adolescent interest in change.

Motivational Interviewing for Adolescent Health Behavior - 3 CEUs

Learn how to effectively support and empower adolescents dealing with health concerns using Motivational Interviewing skills and techniques.

In this course, MI trainer Cathy Cole, LCSW  and colleague Nikki Cockern, PhD, demonstrate how to apply MI in 4 sessions with adolescents with HIV, weight management, Type 1 diabetes, and risky sexual behavior.

Motivational Interviewing expert Cathy Cole offers practical tools to help you support and empower adolescents dealing with health concerns, in the spirit of attunement and partnership. You’ll watch Cole and her colleague apply MI to four engaging sessions with teenage clients, and you’ll learn strategies for applying these skills in your own practice.

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"MI concepts and skills are masterfully demonstrated through engaging sessions with adolescents encountering common psychosocial struggles: relationships with peers and parents, identity formation, and the yearning for both connection and independence. The combination of live sessions with conceptual and summary discussions provide an effective and inspiring way to learn about MI and its tremendous value when applied to counseling clients in this age group."

Heidi Morton, M.Ed.
School Counselor/Counselor Educator

"Clinicians taking these courses will benefit from observing the therapists' ability to bring together both the attitude of collaboration and the specific skills to reduce resistance and promote adolescent interest in change, additionally providing examples of ways to strategically engage young adolescents"

Kristin Dempsey, LMFT, LPCC
Senior Associate, California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions

"This course illustrates how the Spirit of MI is particularly effective in addressing adolescent substance use and the challenges of this population. It addresses nuances of working with adolescents, including respecting autonomy, cultivating change talk and refraining from the righting reflex."

Jamie Chrisman Low, M.Ed., NCC, CPSS
Faces and Voices of Recovery South Carolina

"Cathy Cole embodies the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the posture of curiosity that makes MI so effective. A trainer for over 20 years, Cole masterfully demonstrates high level MI while breaking down each session in a way that demystifies the process. This video can serve as a great introduction or a more advanced tutorial of MI skills for those that have difficult conversations about change with adolescents."

Scott Kerby, MA LPC
Member of MINT

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Looking for a cost-effective way to train your staff? group discounts available - email [email protected] for a quote

What You Get With This Course

  • A primer on Motivational Interviewing as it applies to the developmental needs of adolescents
  • Clinical demonstrations of MI techniques in live sessions with adolescents in various settings
  • In-depth session commentary to delve deeper into how to use MI in your practice
  • Helpful tools for working with your own urges to advise or “fix” a client.
  • CE credits included in price of the course
  • Take the course at your own pace, whenever you want on our dedicated online course platform

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Cathy Cole, LCSW

Cathy Cole is a Certified MI trainer who has taught thousands of diverse professionals in MI since 1995, and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

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