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Motivational Interviewing

Coaching for Change in the Therapy Room (18 hours)

Format: Asynchronous (online, self-directed)
Cost: $495 + HST

No textbook required.

Highlights of this course:

  • 18 hours of study / must be completed within a maximum of 8 weeks
  • No textbook required
  • Students will require practice with clients (live or “mock”)

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Course Overview and Outline

Therapists will regularly find themselves in conversations with clients that are characterized by ambivalence, uncertainty, and low motivation. This is normal. Once referred to as “resistance,” therapists today must understand how they contribute to, or take away from, increased motivation with people at all stages of the change cycle. This course provides students with an effective toolkit that empowers them to apply powerful, evocative questions to create change and build a positive therapeutic relationship using coaching and a specific form of dialogue. Please note that oral and written fluency in English is required.

With the use of written lectures, videos, and professional practice exercises, students are engaged in this 18-hour online course where they learn how to work with clients who are ambivalent toward change.

Eligibility and Certification

ADLER’s Faculty of Continuing Education offers certificate programs that incorporate a case-based learning approach, encompassing theoretical discussion supported by real-life cases, scenarios, and role-playing. This approach affords participants the opportunity to experience the actual, day-to-day challenges encountered by most therapists.

Many ADLER Continuing Education courses qualify for programs like the continuing education credit hours for the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Contact your organization to determine eligibility of a particular course.

Note that this course is only suitable for students with clinical backgrounds, who are trained and capable of managing clients who are, or can be, in crisis.

Disclaimer: Please note that completing this course does not qualify you to register with any regulatory body in Ontario (e.g. the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW), or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO)). 

Getting Started

Once payment is received, you will receive an enrolment email with a UserID and a temporary password; these will allow you to enter the course software and begin. This enrolment email will take approximately seven business days to be processed. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER DURING THIS TIME. If you do not see this email within seven business days, please contact us. 

Please note that all of our online courses have a set amount of time for you to complete your courseworkFor this course, the maximum allotted period is 8 weeks. Your window begins upon receipt of your enrollment email. To ensure that you are given sufficient time to complete all of the material, please purchase your course no sooner than 5-7 business days prior to the date that you intend to begin studying, as this is how long it takes for the license key to be generated from the time you make your purchase. Your countdown will begin upon receipt of your enrollment email, and not upon your using the information there contained to access the course.  We uphold a policy that we do not extend or re-open the software to you once your 12-week period of learning is up. Plan accordingly: if you will be away, you must catch up on your work.

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Contact Us

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