Motivational Interviewing for Rehabilitation Professionals

Presented by Caroline Morris, PT, DPT, GCS, WHC

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Course Description

What’s a therapist to do when patients do not comply with treatment recommendations? In this course we explore the process of motivational interviewing as a way to improve the therapist-patient relationship, and ultimately patient outcomes. We discuss the perils of persuasion and automatic problem solving for our patients. We identify and develop skills for guiding […]
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Meet Your Presenter

Caroline Morris is a physical therapist, health coach, and educator who is passionate about transforming the health of her patients and clients. She is an engaging presenter and incorporates reflective learning principles into her courses. Caroline has spent the majority of her career rehabilitating patients with high medical complexity in the acute care and outpatient settings. She currently acts as a Staff Development Specialist, where she supports therapists in improving their practice and collaborates with other disciplines to improve overall patient care. Caroline founded Morris Clinic in 2019 as a vehicle to provide education and wellness services to older adults and their caregivers. She is also the host of the Elder Health Connection podcast.


  • This course has been Approved by CERS, an Approval Agency for the California Board of Physical Therapy. CERS Course Approval #: 23-51048-1.

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the problems with persuasion in therapist-patient interactions.
  2. Define motivational interviewing.
  3. Distinguish between directing, guiding, and following in therapist-patient interactions.
  4. Identify the basic skills required for motivational interviewing.
  5. Apply motivational interviewing skills to common therapist-patient interactions.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Welcome and introductions
  • 0:05 - Persuasion and the righting reflex
  • 0:15 - Overview of motivational interviewing
  • 0:25 - Case studies of therapist-patient interactions
  • 0:35 - Key skills required for motivational interviewing
  • 0:45 - Applying skills to patient interactions
  • 0:55 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience

PTs, OTs, and SLPs.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

The course will be available for CEUs until December 13, 2023.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.
  • Presenter is a salaried faculty member of Virginia Hospital Center and Marymount University.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • None.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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