Motivational Interviewing: Supporting Patients in Health Behavior Change

Category: Health Care

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 posttest at the end of the course.

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

Council of Linkages Core Competencies identified:

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




This course no longer provides continuing education by the Iowa Board of Nursing and the Commission on Dietetic Registration


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

January 7, 2022

The information on this page was updated on August 29, 2018