Certificate of Intensive Training in Motivational Interviewing


Motivational Interviewing is a critical skill for healthcare providers who wish to:

  1. Encourage patients to set and achieve goals for health maintenance and disease management

  2. Facilitate tobacco cessation

  3. Engage patients in active (non-pharmacological) management of chronic pain

  4. Address issues of problematic alcohol, opiate, and other drug use

  5. Improve patient's medication adherence

  6. Promote engagement in other evidence based behavior changes approaches, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Course Philosophy

The Center for Integrated Primary Care is proud to offer a course in Motivational Interviewing designed for healthcare professionals working in the Patient Centered Medical Home. Participants who complete the course are awarded a Certificate of Intensive Training in Motivational Interviewing. The curriculum is grounded in the literature describing effective Motivational Interviewing training and is tailored to practitioners working in primary care:

  • The training consists of 5 group sessions, with time between each session to allow the learner to integrate the skills into practice and build on these skills in subsequent sessions. This approach is superior to trainings that are condensed into 1-3 consecutive day workshops and do not allow for integration into practice.

  • The group sessions include active strategies appropriate for adult learning and the development of a clinical competence, such as Motivational Interviewing. Learners will practice their skills, engage in discussions, and view demonstrations.

  • The training includes individual practice of skills with a trained Acting Patient, who will allow the learner to practice new skills in a safe and supportive environment. These practice experiences can be scheduled at the learner's convenience.

  • Each learner receives written feedback on their strengths and opportunities for improvement. This feedback is provided using the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity coding system, which is the preferred tool for evaluating Motivational Interviewing training and research.

  • In addition, each learner receives 2 sessions of individual coaching with an expert in Motivational Interviewing. Evidence indicates that the individualized assessment and feedback included in this training is essential to building competence in Motivational Interviewing. Trainings that do not include these individual experiences are likely to be insufficient for the development of competence in Motivational Interviewing.

  • The curriculum is designed for healthcare providers practicing Motivational Interviewing. The Center for Integrated Primary Care has expertise in translating evidence-based behavioral interventions into the real-world demands of primary care practice. Other programs are frequently led by trainers who have limited real-world experience in primary care practice.

Developing competence in the practice of Motivational Interviewing (MI) requires an investment of time. All of our faculty have extensive training in MI and a majority of our faculty are members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).  Research in MI training has shown that experiential workshops and individual practice and coaching are more effective than passively viewing presentations on Motivational Interviewing. The CIPC training program is grounded in this evidence. Participants will receive intensive training in Motivational Interviewing through group and individual practice. This includes 20 hours of group training, either in person in Worcester, MA or live via the internet. It also includes two sessions of practice in a telephone interview with an Acting Patient. These sessions will be scored and the scoring will be the basis for individual feedback and coaching provided to every participant.