Motivational Interviewing Step by Step: a complete online course

Enhance your MI skills and help your clients change.

 Study  at your own pace. Anywhere. Anytime.

Get permanent access for $199 (a $375 value) . 10 CE Credits included

Change is Hard!

Motivational Interviewing Step by Step teaches you how to get out of the way and help your clients make the changes they want to make.


Help Your Clients Embrace Change


Based on the most comprehensive MI teaching video series, this complete course on Motivational Interviewing will guide you through the various techniques of MI, demonstrate how to use them effectively and give you the opportunity to practice them at your own pace.

Permanent access to course materials. Start anytime. Study at your own pace.
A $375 VALUE -  ONLY $199

"This video series provides an extremely user friendly approach to understanding and integrating Motivational Interviewing into your professional skill set. I would highly recommend this program for any healthcare provider, including therapists, nurses, physicians, as well as human resource professionals."

Robbi D. Simons, PhD
Simons & Associates, Employee Assistance and Coaching Services

"Motivational Interviewing Step by Step not only contains examples of Cathy Cole conducting highly skilled Motivational Interviewing; it provides Cole's thoughtful, expert instruction on key concepts and skills. I was particularly impressed with real-time commentary during sessions—I believe this will heighten interest and understanding of the viewer, and no doubt greatly facilitate learning."

John S. Baer, PhD
Research Professor, Psychology, University of Washington

"A richly intelligent presentation around helping others raise confidence for change! Cole beautifully illustrates several effective strategies, in use within client conversations, and offers insightful commentary to aid practitioners in their MI skill development. The examples are instructive and valuable for seasoned and newer MI learners alike."

Ali Hall, JD
MI Trainer and Consultant, San Francisco, CA and College Park, MD

What you get with this course

  •  A step by step approach to learning Motivational Interviewing. Take the course at your own pace.
  • Over 10 hours of video including 10 full length MI sessions with in-depth commentary.
  • Clinical demonstrations of MI with clients struggling with addictions, health management, smoking cessation, employment and school issues.
  • Multiple self-paced practice exercises.
  • Earn up to 10 CE Credits, included in the Course. Click here for the complete list of CE Approvals .
  • BONUS video: Interview with William Miller.

Course Content

Module 1: Core Concepts

The first module focuses on learning and practicing the fundamental skills of MI. Outlining first key MI concepts such as sustain talk versus change talk and the righting reflex, Cathy Cole then guides you through the main MI techniques and other ingredients for change, with short demonstrations with William Miller. Self-paced practice exercises in which viewers can pause the video, practice the skills, and then see how Miller and Cole would respond end this first module.

Module 2: Increasing Importance

A key component of making any change is to consider the change important. In this video,  Cathy Cole digs into this critical issue of increasing importance and demystifies MI by demonstrating each technique in three full-length sessions. Learn core MI techniques for increasing importance such as: reflections; chunk-check-chunk; elicit-provide-elicit; the importance ruler exercise; and looking ahead.

Module 3: Resolving Ambivalence

Ambivalence is frequently at the heart of our struggles to embark upon change. 

Cole teaches viewers how to facilitate clients’ exploration of their dilemmas, how to reinforce change talk, and how to respond effectively when clients express their reasons for not wanting to change. Learn, through 3 real-length sessions, core MI techniques for resolving ambivalence such as double-sided reflections, decisional balance, and envisioning.

Module 4: Building Confidence

Having a plan is not enough! By identifying where exactly the client is lacking confidence to move forward, MI provides a framework and tools for addressing what is oftentimes the last obstacle to change.

Cathy Cole demonstrates here how to utilize clients' personal strengths, values, and past successes to build their confidence in the present, and how to facilitate your clients’ best efforts at following through with their change plans. 

Module 5: Exercise - In session with Bill Miller

Watch a real life session with Barbara, a client suffering from drug addiction, and practice recognizing the MI techniques (OARS) and identifying sustain talk and change talk.

Module 6: Practice MI Skills

Cathy Cole leads you through 5 exercises, to help you practice Engaging, Focusing, Evoking and Planning.

BONUS Video: Interview with William Miller

For the past four decades, William Miller, the founder of MI, has researched an essential question: how do people change? In this interview, he elaborates on his findings, which in many ways turn conventional wisdom on its head. Motivational Interviewing offers an alternative that might be obvious to some and radical to others: honor the person’s autonomy, draw forth the inherent desire to change, and take a collaborative—rather than confrontational—approach.

Help your clients change.

Our Experts

Cathy Cole, LCSW 

Cathy 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. 

William R. Miller, PhD

the originator of Motivational Interviewing, Dr. Miller is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico and Director of Research for UNM's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse & Addictions. Dr. Miller has published 25 books and more than 200 articles and chapters on the treatment of alcoholism and other addictive behaviors.

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational Interviewing is a special kind of conversation about change. It is a goal-oriented, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Developed initially to address substance abuse issues, it is now widely used in a variety of settings including mental and behavioral health care, medicine, criminal justice and education.

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