Basic Motivational Interviewing Online Course - Summer 2023


7/11/2023 – 8/1/2023

Live Learning Sessions will be held in the evenings, 6-7 pm MT

  • July 11: LLS 1
  • July 18: LLS 2
  • July 25: LLS 3
  • Aug. 1: LLS 4


Free for registrants from Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah & Wyoming; $150 for others

Primary Competency

Communication Skills

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a patient-centered communication technique that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behavior. In this interactive online course, you will learn basic MI techniques you can use with patients to help support behavior change: open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening and summarizing. No previous MI experience required.

This virtual course includes both online coursework (reading, videos, assignments) as well as Live Learning Sessions via Zoom web conferencing. Participants are expected to complete assignments each week prior to attending the live learning session. These interactive sessions are an opportunity for participants to connect with fellow classmates and our expert instructor to apply the concepts to daily work. 

Time commitment: 2 hours per week (1 hour homework and 1 hour Live Learning Session)

Learning Objectives
  • Define Motivational Interviewing
  • Identify the four key MI skills (OARS)
  • Describe basic strategies that will enhance patient readiness to change
  • Demonstrate the use of basic MI skills
Length of Learning Opportunity
4 weeks
Registration Information
Click on the green "Register Now" button at the top left of this page. You will need to be logged in or will need to create an account prior to registering for this training. Creating an account will not automatically register you for this training. You will need to re-open this page and register. Please ensure you receive a confirmation email. If you do not receive a confirmation, your registration was not processed. Please email with any registration questions.
Development Partner(s)
Brought to you by the Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center and the Patient Navigation and CHW Training Program, in partnership with Montana Area Health Education Center (AHEC). Funded by the Health Resource and Services Administration.
Technical Requirements
You must join the Live Learning Sessions by video (an external webcam or built-in camera in your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, as well as microphone). Our staff can help you get set up if this is new to you.

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