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An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing


How can we help people to make healthy choices? Take this course to learn how to work with clients to give them the tools to make their own health decisions.

About this Independent Study   

This course was launched in March, 2021. Once registered, you must complete the course within 150 days, or you will be deactivated. To be reactivated, contact us.

It is modified form a current course, How do I Help my Clients Make Changes to Improve Their Health? An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for CHWs. It was modified to be more relevant to clinic staff who conduct HIV testing and status neutral navigation.

Who Should Take This Course

Any health care staff who work with clients on behavior change will benefit. 

Learning Objectives

By the end of the training, you will be able to:

  • Explain why behavior change is hard; 
  • Identify at least two skills to engage clients in a behavior change conversation;
  • Recognize reflective listening statements that may motivate clients towards change.

Continuing Education (CE)

Continuing Education for Social Workers (SW)

This activity provides Social Work hours. Upon completion of the activity and submission of the certificate request form, 1.0 hours will be provided.

Cardea Services has been an approved provider of continuing education credits by: The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners, provider #1682,

Continuing Education for Community Health Workers (CHW)

CHW Author: Jacki Hecht, Instructor #579

This course provides 1.0 hour of CHW and CHW-I Continuing Education
(.5 Communication Skills, .5 on Interpersonal Skills)

Cardea is approved by the Texas Department of State Health Services to provide continuing CHW hours in Texas, 
Certification #44 and continuing CHW-I hours in Texas, Certification #55.

Registration & Fees

This course is free of charge.

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Here is the course outline:

1. Motivational Interviewing

Content and evaluation.

2. Certificate

Select a certificate to complete the course.


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion
Social Work (SW) TX
Community Health Worker (CHW) TX
Community Health Worker (CHW) Instructor TX
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