Course Overview

We continue our journey through developing your Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniquw by moving on to cover the MI concepts of:

  • Partnership
  • Acceptance
  • Compassion
  • Evocation

Client engagement strategies and the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing are techniques you will use throughout your work with clients. 


Most counselor and therapist staff agree that the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing not only improved results at work, but fundamentally changed themselves in the process.

Purpose of this Course

  1. Establish the fundamental attributes that set Motivational Interviewing apart from all other counseling techniques.
  2. To provide 1.0 continuing education hours for Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP) specific to substance abuse.
  3. To provide 1.0 continuing education hours for Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative (MI-CEC).
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (0.0), MCBAP-S (1.0), Mi-CEC pending - under review, Nursing (0.0)
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Topics Covered

What Makes Motivational Interviewing Different

Conventional counseling practices lean on convincing others to change. Motivational Interviewing takes a different approach to therapy practices that often is more likely to produce successful results.

The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing

The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing applies to the philosophy of the practice and operates in the background of practice thereby influencing the results. It is not a There are four components to the Motivational Interviewing Spirit.


By taking a stance as a partner with clients instead of a leader, clinicians find success often easier to achieve. A collaborative, guiding belief underpins the practice of Motivational Interviewing.


Acceptance helps increase the bond between client by removing judgement from any statement made by a client. There are four components that define acceptance.

  • Absolute Worth
  • Autonomy
  • Affirmation
  • Accurate Empathy


Compassion-focused therapy is one of the most vital components in helping clients move forward. There are four elements that play into the Motivational Interviewing Spirit related to compassion.

  • Acting
  • In Response
  • No Trickery
  • Offered


Possibly the most innovative tactic in the Motivational Interviewing process is the ability to evoke change from clients, rather than the traditional method of advising behavior change in clients. The four elements of evoking that help create the spirit of Motivational Interviewing.

  • Strengths-Based Approach
  • Belief
  • Clients Look Within
  • Call Forth Change

Why Would Clients Be Motivated NOT to Change?

There are a number of reasons clients might struggle with changing behavior. This course covers a number of examples why they might be struggling to change. 

Who Should Take This Course

  • Therapists
  • Counselors
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Professionals seeking continuing education hours to meet requirements for renewal of the following certifications:
    • Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC)
    • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC)
    • Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS)
    • Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS)
    • Certified Prevention Consultant – Reciprocal (CPC-R)
    • Certified Peer Recovery Mentor (CPRM)

Additional Considerations

Please Note : As part of our content licensing agreement, these Motivational Interviewing courses are intended only for those practicing or providing services in Michigan, and only provide CEUs valid to Michigan providers. By enrolling in these courses you certify that you meet this criteria.

Course Objectives

  1. Learn the 4 elements that comprise the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing: Acceptance, Partnership, Compassion, Evocation.
  2. The four elements of “Acceptance” that include Absolute worth, Autonomy support, Affirmation, Accurate empathy.
  3. The difference between an interview that has the “Spirit of MI” and one that does not.
  4. Explore the "myth" of the unmotivated client.

What People Are Saying

I enjoyed this module as we got to hear from providers and consumers regarding how programming differs from other supports/services. I have been working in this field for many years and this video was extremely helpful as a reminder to me.

- Tess G.