Motivational Interviewing: Supporting Patients in Health Behavior Change

This course is designed to equip healthcare providers and ancillary staff with the knowledge and tools to optimize patient behavior change to ultimately improve health outcomes. The following are the topics that will be covered in this course:

  • Components of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Benefits of Using Motivational Interviewing
  • Traditional Expert-Centered Model vs. MI Patient-Centered Model
  • Principles of MI
  • Readiness to Elicit Change Talk

Script and narration for the presentation is prepared by Dr. Rebecca Lang. There is a post-test at the end of the course.nbsp;

A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of this course. 

Intended Audience

Any healthcare provider or ancillary staff that has direct patient care, especially those in family and pediatric medicine.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this part, you will be able to:

  • Identify two components of motivational interviewing (MI)
  • Identify administrative benefits to using MI in a clinic setting
  • Describe the difference between the traditional expert-centered medical model and the MI patient-centered model.
  • Discuss how the spirit of motivation interviewing supports patient-centered care
  • Discuss four principles of motivational interviewing
  • Describe how open ended questions, reflective listening, and eliciting change talk can help empower behavior change.
  • Apply the readiness scale in office visit to elicit change talk
  • Identify key signals when they are connecting with patients
  • Discuss the steps of the “less than 3 minutes” brief focused advice

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Competencies identified

communication Skills, Analytical Skills, Policy Development/Program Planning Skills, Leadership and Systems Thinking skills

CEUs/Contact Hours Offered

Physician Credit

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit:

The Department of Human Services in an Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider, issued Provider#94. This course has been approved for 1.0 nursing contact hour

Dietitian Credit

The Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, on behalf of the Commission of Dietetic Registration has approved this course for 1.0 hours of CPEUs.




Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Dr. Rebecca Lang EdD, RDH, CHES

Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

Register a free account

Creation and/or update

November 12, 2012