CE Credit Hours: 8.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
CE Course Description
In the past three decades, the addiction treatment field has focused on discovering and applying science-informed practices that help people with SUDs enhance their motivation to stop or reduce alcohol, drug, and nicotine use. The purpose of this intermediate level continuing education course, developed using information from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is to explore why people change, how motivation is linked to substance use behavior change, and how clinicians can help clients enhance their motivation to engage in substance use disorder (SUD) treatment and initiate recovery. In addition, a summary of the nature of motivation and behavior change is presented as well as an overview of the shift away from abstinence-only addiction treatment perspectives toward client-centered approaches that enhance motivation and reduce risk.
CE Course Objectives
1. Describe the significance of motivation in substance use behavior change and essential counselor skills that enhance client motivation to change.
2. Discuss the components of the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) of the Stages of Change (SOC) approach and how to tailor specific counseling strategies to the different stages.
3. Summarize the elements of effective motivational counseling approaches and discuss the use of brief motivational interventions.
4. Identify new approaches that have been incorporated into motivational interviewing (MI) and how MI can be applicable to diverse medical and behavioral health problems.
5. Outline way that counselors can use MI to help clients move toward contemplating the possibility of change and then preparing to change substance use behaviors.
6. Describe the process of helping clients identify and clarify change goals and evaluate how and when to develop a change plan.
7. Assess how motivational strategies can be used effectively to help clients maintain the gains they have made by stabilizing change, supporting lifestyle changes, and managing setbacks.
8. Discuss how to incorporate motivational approaches into SUD treatment programs as well as workforce development issues that should be addressed to fully integrate and sustain these approaches.
The Mindful team consists of numerous behavioral health professionals with a plethora of clinical experience as well as backgrounds in higher education, including teaching at the university level. Our three consulting psychologists review the appropriate course material, based on their experience and expertise that aligns with program content, to ensure that it enhances interdisciplinary understanding and is consistent with a systematic, research-based approach to promoting continued education and for synthesizing new knowledge into the clinician’s professional environment.
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