Motivational Interviewing: The Basics

Presented by Oak Reed, M.A.

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Course Description

This course addresses the therapeutic intervention and rationale for the use of motivational interviewing. We describe the evidence base for motivational interviewing, identify the core principles of motivational interviewing, name the stages of change, and define S.M.A.R.T. goals.
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Meet Your Presenter

Oak Reed earned his BS in psychology and sociology from Central Michigan University, his MA in clinical psychology from the University of Montana, and is currently a 6th year doctoral candidate at the University of Montana. He recently defended his dissertation which investigated the impact of transgender-affirmative care training on healthcare providers' competence and confidence in delivering adequate care to gender minority individuals. Oak is currently completing his residency at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center with a focus on behavioral medicine. Over the years, he has worked across diverse clinical settings, including outpatient mental health and university-based primary care clinics, community-based outpatient medical centers, and a variety of clinics within Veterans Health Administration. Across those settings, he has worked with a range of patient concerns, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain, severe mental illness, trauma-related disorders, as well as difficulties with physical activity, dietary practices, sleep hygiene, and substance use. As a result of his interest in integrated care, Oak has received specialized training on utilizing empirically-supported practices (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing) that adapt well to brief-treatment models in order to meet the needs and preferences of diverse patient populations.


  • This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs, (Introductory Level; Related Area).
  • Therapy Insights is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID #01413. This webinar is offered at 1 CEU. Introductory, Occupational Therapy Service Delivery.

Course Details

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Define the therapeutic intervention of motivational interviewing and rational for its use.
  2. Describe the evidence base for motivational interviewing.
  3. Identify the core elements of motivational interviewing.
  4. Name the stages of change in the motivational interviewing theory.
  5. Recognize the specific therapeutic skills and strategies.
  6. Define S.M.A.R.T. goals.
  7. Identify the use of motivational interviewing across clinical professions.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Presenter introduction
  • 0:02 - Definition, rational, & evidence base for Motivational Interviewing
  • 0:15 - Core principles of motivational interviewing
  • 0:20 - Stages of change
  • 0:30 - Change talk
  • 0:45 - Smart goals
  • 0:55 - Review, 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

Speech, physical, and occupational therapists wanting to incorporate motivational interviewing into their clinical practice to improve patient participation and outcomes.

Live Course Information

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

Recorded Course Information

This course will be available for CEUs until December 1, 2025.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.

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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