Title: A Practitioner’s Guide to Motivational Interviewing

Description: Participants will develop skills regarding how to utilize Motivational Interviewing-inspired interventions aimed at illuminating change talk with clients in a compassionate, empowering, and guided manner. When the trainee completes this course, he/she will:

  • Learners will be able to describe how to use Motivational Interviewing micro-skills and structured activities used to elicit change talk.
  • Learners will be able to describe the research that guides Motivational Interviewing's increasing focus on recognizing, reinforcing, and evoking change language.
  • Learners will be able to describe how to use Motivational Interviewing      interventions with clients in a variety of settings and with numerous       behavioral targets.
  • Learners will be able to describe how to implement specific tangible skills used to invite change talk with clients including the Importance and Confidence Rulers, and Values Card-Sort exercise.

This course is primarily designed for clinicians in the earlier stages of their career, or for more advanced clinicians reviewing basic concepts in this area.

Course Index:

Section 1- Introduction and The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing (15 Minutes)

Section II- Engaging Clients (45 Minutes)

Section III- Narrowing and Focusing on the Target Behavior (30 minutes)

Section IV- Evoking Change Talk (90 minutes)

Section V- Exercise (10 minutes)

Section VI- Planning for the Future (40 minutes)

Section VII- Continued Learning (10 minutes)


Bernard Showers, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker working as an outpatient mental health and a substance abuse clinician. In September, 2016 Mr. Showers became one of approximately 1,500 trainers from around the world certified to offer training in Motivational Interviewing by the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.  Mr. Showers is also an adjunct professor with Shippensburg University’s MSW Program in Shippensburg, PA as well as the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work in Baltimore, MD.  Mr. Showers resides in Lebanon, PA.


Approvals: has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6071. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs., Inc., provider #1104, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit., Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ASWB Approval Period: 11/15/2020 to 11/15/2023. Social workers participating in this course will receive 4 clinical continuing education clock hours. 

This course is approved for 4 contact hours by the following certifying bodies:

The National Association of Social Workers through approval by NASW GA

States with their own approval process:

Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling Provider Number, BAP #50-2193