This FREE, 4-week online course offers 7.75 CME/CE credits. The goal of the course is to educate primary care and community mental health providers about the skills required in Motivational Interviewing (MI) and why MI is important when treating Service Members, Veterans and Military Families.

The purpose of the course is to help primary care and community mental health providers translate knowledge into enhanced clinical practice that provides better outcomes for veterans and military family members. The course includes video role plays to illustrate teaching points and interaction with faculty each week to address clinical questions and discuss course materials via a discussion board. Course content is 100% mobile-friendly and completely on-demand, so you can participate whenever your schedule allows.

This course is generously funded by the Cohen Veterans Network

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe strategies used to initiate motivational interviewing with patients
  • List the four fundamental processes in Motivational Interviewing
  • Discuss the guiding principles of eliciting change
  • Describe Motivational Interviewing
  • List the basic core skills used in Motivational Interviewing
  • Explain how Motivational Interviewing differs from other therapies


Session 1

Learning Basic Skills of Motivational Interviewing:
Paula K. Rauch, MD
John M. Rodolico, PhD

Key Points:

  • Define Motivational Interviewing
  • Explain why is it important to use Motivational Interviewing in a National Guard and USAR setting
  • Describe the spirit of Motivational Interviewing and what it entails
Session 2

What Makes Motivational Interviewing Unique:
Paula K. Rauch, MD
John M. Rodolico, PhD

Key Points:

  • List the basic core skills used in Motivational Interviewing
  • Recognize successful reflective listening approaches
  • Explain how to elicit Change Talk

Session 3

Making a Plan for Change:
Paula K. Rauch, MD
John M. Rodolico, PhD

Key Points:

  • Review how to respond to sustain talk and discord
  • List strategies to elicit change talk
  • Describe how to effectively develop a change plan

Session 4

Putting it all Together: The Case of Carl:
John M. Rodolico, PhD
Paula K. Rauch, MD
Cally Lilley, PMHCNS-BC

Key Points:

  • Define the levels of a change conversation
  • Describe commitment language
  • Review how Motivational Interviewing differs from other therapies


  • Associate Director of Addiction Services
  • Timothy Christopher Davidson Chair of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Founding Director, Marjorie E. Korff PACT (Parenting At a Challenging Time) Program
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Senior Clinical Director
    Red Sox Foundation and Home Base Program
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Chief of Behavioral Health, Massachusetts National Guard, Medical Command

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Primary Care and Community Mental Health Providers
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists

Educational Support

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Release Date: September 24, 2018
Expiration Date: October 29, 2018






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 7.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at (244 CMR 5.00) for 7.75 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.


Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This offering meets the criteria for 7.75 continuing education credits for psychologists.


Social Work CE Credit

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.

This program has been approved for 7.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D71940.


Licensed Mental Health Counselors CE Credit

The Center for Social Innovation is approved by the NBCC to provide continuing education credits for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.

This educational activity has been certified by MMCEP and is approved as a Continuing Education course or activity for Licensed Mental Health Counselors. The Certification Number is 16-1066.



Other Professions

Other Providers can claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest (COI)

McLean Hospital has implemented a process to resolve COI for each CME activity. In order to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public, McLean Hospital has resolved the conflict by External Content Review.


John M. Rodolico, PhD,course director
David H. Rubin, MD,reviewer
Jane Pimental, MPH
Emma Morrison, MPA
Paula K. Rauch, MD
Susan E. Sprich, PhD

Disclosure Information

In accord with the disclosure policy of McLean Hospital as well as guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, all people in control of educational content, including speakers, course directors, planners, and reviewers, have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests of both themselves and their spouses/partners over the past 12 months, as defined below:

Commercial Interest

The ACCME defines a "commercial interest" as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. For more information,

Financial relationships

Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Relevant financial relationships

ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines "'relevant' financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of this activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:

Paula K. Rauch, MD
Royalties:McGraw Hill Publishing,Raising an Emotionally Healthy Child When a Parent is Sick

Susan E. Sprich, PhD
Royalties:Oxford University Press (co-authoring treatment manual and client workbook), Springer (co-editing handbook)

All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

Hardware/Software Specifications

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration

Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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