Motivational Interviewing

comMIt (comprehensive motivational interviewing training)

From Purdue University College of Pharmacy


comMIt (comprehensive motivational interviewing training) for health care professionals is an e-learning program accredited for 8 hours of approved continuing education credit for dietitians, nurses, pharmacists, physicians and social workers. This unique program uses a sense making approach to motivational interviewing that is the basis for the book, Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals:  A Sensible Approach by Drs. Bruce A. Berger and William A. Villaume. The modules use numerous real examples of patient encounters and self-assessment questions to help learners internalize skills. 

The learner has three months to complete this highly interactive program and receive CE credit.  Learners may stop at any point in the program and then return to it where they left off.  Learners may also review each module completed as often as they would like during the three-month time frame. The cost to complete this CE program is usually $195 but SCPhA is excited to offer this 8-hr CE program to members at the rock bottom price of $65 and nonmembers for $95!

Program Overview

  • comMIt Module Breakdown

    Module 1 – Introduction and Background

    This module introduces the learner to the format of the e-learning program and the unique sense making approach to motivational, developed specifically to the time limited needs of health care professionals.

    Module 2 – The Human Brain and Threat

    Patients and health care professionals can feel threatened (anxious) in their relationships. This module explores how threat can often cause health care professionals to stop being patient centered and undermine their relationships with their patients.

    Module 3 – Sense Making and Practical Reasoning

    This module delves deeply into the sense making approach to motivational and how it works. It will become much clearer to learners as to when it is appropriate to use different motivational interviewing skills.

    Module 4 – Developing Rapport and the Synergy of MI

    Rapport is crucial to effectively using MI skills. Rapport is needed to build trust and safety. When rapport and MI skills are used together, a synergy is created that greatly improves the probability of positive health outcomes.

    Module 5 -Reflecting, Empathizing with, Reframing and Exploring the Issue

    When patients are ambivalent or resistant to change the issues that they have that prevent positive behavior change need to be explored in a way that is respectful and safe so that change may occur. The skills necessary to identify and explore these issues are discussed and demonstrated.

    Module 6 – Addressing the Issue

    Ultimately, the issues the patient presents must be addressed so that change may occur. This module identifies each unique skill for addressing and resolving the patient’s issues that are preventing change.

This educational program was developed with the support of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores Foundation.