Addictions and Concurrent Disorders - Motivational Interviewing (MI)

This course is designed to help you effectively engage with patients/clients diagnosed with a substance use or concurrent disorder and reduce the stigma associated with addiction through the understanding of motivational interviewing (MI).

By the end of this course, you will be able to identify the presentations of substance use, symptoms of withdrawal, the stage of change a patient/client is in, and conduct motivational interviews. Additionally, you will acquire practical skills in implementing OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries), master the art of validation, and using non-judgmental communication, ultimately empowering individuals in their journey towards recovery.


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Recommended for interprofessional healthcare workforces and/or social workers who are working in mental healthcare settings.
  • Acquire knowledge of various presentations of addictions and concurrent disorders and the relationship between MI and stigma
  • Identify which stage of change a person with an addiction/concurrent disorder is in
  • Integrate non-judgmental questions, compassion, and respect of autonomy when conversing with a patient/client with an addiction/concurrent disorder
  • Implement OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summary) during the motivational interview with patient/client.
Learners will have access to a skills coach on Yellowdig for support during this course.
Addictions and Concurrent Disorders - Motivational Interviewing (MI)