Title: Motivating Substance Abusers through the Stages of Change: A Comprehensive Overview for Mental Health Professionals
Description: This course is designed to provide the mental health clinician with a comprehensive overview of the topic of motivating substance abusers through the stages of change in treatment. Upon completing this course, the trainee will understand the following:

- American attitudes toward alcohol and other drugs
- The nature and extent of alcohol use and the use of other drugs
- The different types of alcohol and other drug users
- Factors that affect the drug experience, including those that contribute to drug dependence
- Factors that influence people’s motivation for change
- Motivation and the five stage model of change
- Ways to increase people’s motivation for change
- The techniques of motivational interviewing
- Learn about harm reduction
- Techniques for working more successfully with substance abusers

This intermediate level course is primarily designed for clinicians in the middle stages of their career, or for more advanced clinicians reviewing concepts in this treatment area. This course was written by Ron Fagan, PhD, MA, LMFT, formerly a professor of sociology at Pepperdine University and currently a Care Manager with Anthem, with guidance and input from other senior, Inc. course developers and from NASW GA.


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 5 clinical continuing education clock hours. 


This course is approved for 5 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