Do you want to effectively help adolescents change their most destructive behaviors?

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.


Choose from our 4 NEW online courses below and learn how to get results by partnering with adolescent clients in ways that validate and empower them.

MI with Adolescents: Core Concepts - 3 CEUs

Learn how to apply Motivational Interviewing principles to resistant adolescent clients and how to support and empower them to change their destructive behaviors.

In this course, Sebastian Kaplan, PhD, demonstrates how to successfully apply MI in individual and family sessions with 2 middle-age school girls.

In addition to an overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and its application to adolescents, you will learn how to bring parents into the clinical picture and discover helpful tools for working with your own internal responses to a client.

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MI 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.

You will 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.

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MI for Adolescent Substance Use - 2.25 CEUs

Acquire practical Motivational Interviewing tools to help you manage challenging sessions with adolescent clients struggling with substance use.

Sebastian Kaplan, PhD  along with colleague Ali Hall, JD, demonstrate MI techniques in a set of live sessions with three teenage clients using marijuana, heroin, and opiates.

Learn strategies to engage teenage clients who do not even want to be in your office, and then successfully address their ambivalence without resorting to confrontational addiction treatment approaches which so often backfire.

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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

Motivational Interviewing in Juvenile Justice Settings - 4 CEUs

Learn how to apply a collaborative approach  with adolescents in a juvenile justice environment, providing tools to establish rapport, handle resistance, and turn mere compliance into motivated action.

By viewing expert  practitioners demonstrate MI in probation and detention centers, you'll increase your awareness and skills of using these extremely powerful tools with mandated clients.

This highly praised course fills a much needed gap in training staff and counselors in this challenging environment.

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"This is a rich training resource for those working to integrate MI in Juvenile Justice. The discussion about MI and how beneficial it can be is well delivered and very straightforward. As a trainer, I am always looking for examples in settings such as juvenile justice to help trainees experience the full range of MI conversations. Having multiple clinicians as well as contrasting (good and not so good) demonstrations makes this video particularly useful. The inclusion of utilizing communities of practice to enhance skill development is a great addition"

Denise Ernst, PhD
MI trainer, Member Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Portland State University

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

What You Get with Each 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
  • CE credits included in price of the course
  • Take the course at your own pace, whenever you want on our dedicated online course platform

Don't wait to enhance your skills in working with adolescents

Our Faculty of MI trainers

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).

Sebastian Kaplan, PhD

Sebastian Kaplan is a clinical psychologist and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section, at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. A former special education teacher and current member of MINT, Kaplan currently focuses his clinical work on helping adolescents and their families overcome a variety of challenges to their growth and development.

Ali Hall, JD

Ali Hall is a member of MINT and an independent consultant and trainer. Ali has designed and facilitated over 900 MI workshops for health care practitioners, behavioral health clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and criminal/juvenile justice professionals, and provides training for trainers in evidence-based practices. 

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