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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Motivational Interviewing for Healthcare Professionals - Online Education

Course Overview:
This online series of courses will provide an in-depth understanding of Motivational Interviewing (MI) as an evidence based approach to support health behavior change. A health care provider's skill in recognizing patients' readiness, barriers, and motivation for change is essential to improving health outcomes. Attendees will participate in practice exercises and participatory learning experiences, and leave the course ready to try MI in patient encounters. Access to an interactive website for follow-up networking and peer support is also included. 
Now aligned with Motivational Interviewing 3rd Edition!
Target Audience:
All health care professionals who work directly with patients will benefit from this program. This includes registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, and others who work with clients on issues related to health promotion and/or chronic illness.
Registration Fees:
       Individual Courses
        1:  $50 (2 contact hours)
        2:  $75 (4 contact hours)
        3:  $75 (4 contact hours)
       Course Package: $175 (includes all 3 courses, for 10 contact hours)
       MI Practice Network  additional 1 year subscription: $25
       (Access to network included with course(s) above for the duration of enrollment)
       One-to-one or group consultation with our clinical experts may also be available on a fee-for-service basis,              depending on faculty schedules and need. If interested please contact: or                    call 303-724-6883 

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of all three courses, the participant will be able to:
  1. Articulate reasons why traditional methods used to change behavior don't work and list methods people use to change.
  2. Adopt attitudes and behaviors that are helpful in facilitating behavior change.
  3. Review the stages of change for health behavior and contrast helping techniques that are effective for different stages.
  4. Identify self-motivational statements made by patients and respond in a way that increases their "change talk".
  5. Apply specific techniques to raise or lower intensity that enhance clients' engagement.
  6. Summarize research about non-cognitive influences on behavior and respond effectively with difficult patients.
  7. Plan next steps for application of MI and future professional development with this approach.
  8. Integrate information about MI in a way that is useful for practice.
Course Faculty:
Paul Cook, PhD
Associate Professor 
CU College of Nursing
Licensed Psychologist​

Laurra M. Aagaard, MA, MS
Professional Research Assistant & Program Manager
CU College of Nursing

Continuing Education Credit:
Nursing (CNE Credit)
The University of Colorado College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education credit by the Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. 

This offering for a total of 10 contact hours is provided by the CU College of Nursing Office of Lifelong Learning.  Course 1 = 2 contact hours; Course 2 = 4 contact hours; and Course 3 = 4 contact hours.     
Medical (CME Credit)
The University of Colorado School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education.

The University of Colorado School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity 

A general Certificate of Attendance can be provided upon request.​
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