ODW The Power of Motivational Interviewing In Clinical Practice

ODW The Power of Motivational Interviewing In Clinical Practice



This 3-hour on-demand webinar led by Michelle Drapkin, PhD, ABPP, was originally broadcast live on April 15, 2024.

All registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

Already registered? Access the Participant Page here.


Embark on an exciting journey to master the art of Motivational Interviewing in your clinical practice!

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is useful for strengthening the motivation for behavioural change in individuals with various behaviourally influenced health problems and for promoting treatment adherence.

But while the theory of MI might seem straightforward, many therapists and counsellors find themselves at a crossroads when attempting to integrate it into their sessions. This online workshop offers a hands-on exploration of both the relational nuances and technical tools essential for bringing MI to life in your therapeutic work.

What sets this workshop apart is its alignment with the latest advancements in Motivational Interviewing, as reflected in the recently released 4th edition of the Motivational Interviewing textbook. Delve into the intricacies of the updated MI spirit language, and gain a comprehensive understanding of basic relational skills, encompassing the vital OARS elements (Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summary statements). Additionally, we will immerse ourselves in the technical prowess of Motivational Interviewing, focusing on eliciting and reinforcing change talk.

But we won’t stop at theory.

This workshop is designed to bridge the gap between knowledge and application. Discover practical MI tools that seamlessly integrate with your existing therapeutic techniques. Through a dynamic blend of real play, role play, and live demonstrations, we aim to elevate your Motivational Interviewing proficiency to new heights. Feel encouraged to bring your own case examples, as we tailor our exploration to the real challenges you face in your clinical practice.

Learning Objectives

  • Uncover the core components of MI spirit.
  • Navigate through the four pivotal tasks of MI.
  • Gain the expertise to discern when and how to seamlessly integrate Motivational Interviewing into your clinical sessions.


Time Topics Covered
1:00-2:30 pm


Evolution and advances in each therapeutic orientation

The limits of purely verbal, cognitive, or insight-centered therapies

Beyond interpretation or cognitive restructuring: Procedural, relational, and experiential advances in psychodynamic and cognitive behavioural therapy

2:30-2:45 pm Break
2:45-4:15 pm

Grounding the therapy in acceptance – alerting to pathologizing and rebuke

Often unappreciated clinical implications of attachment theory

Understanding how problematic patterns are perpetuated illuminates how they can be modified

An integrative, synergistic therapeutic approach

CE Information

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

Attendees of the live broadcast will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation after the course is finished.

Attendees of the on-demand recorded version will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify attendance and then receive their Certificate of Participation. On-demand attendees will receive instructions on how to obtain their Certificate of Participation once they have successfully passed the Post-Webinar Quiz at the completion of the webinar.

The Certificate of Participation includes:

  • Name of participant.
  • Title of training.
  • Name of presenter plus their credentials.
  • Number of hours of training.
  • Date of training.
  • Confirmation that showed 100% attendance at the live broadcast or passed a quiz with at least an 80% grade to verify attendance of the on-demand recording.

Get details about CE credits for Canadian and non-US international participants.

Get details about CE credits for US participants.

Please check with your regulatory body/organization to ensure that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CE credits.

Who Should Attend?

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors
  • All other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices