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Principles of Motivational Interviewing: Useful for Primary Care Providers
SUD 101 Core Curriculum Overview

Curriculum overview:  While healthcare professionals are often on the front lines of treating substance use disorders, most have limited (if any) training in this area. The SUD 101 Core Curriculum was created to provide a foundation of the current research, resources, and support needed to increase healthcare professionals’ competence and confidence in the care of their patients across the continuum of care. This activity, Principles of Motivational Interviewing: Useful for Primary Care Providers, is part of the 23-module curriculum. Please see below for a summary of module 9 out of 23:
Module 9 Overview
Title: Principles of Motivational Interviewing: Useful for Primary Care Providers 

Joji Suzuki, MD,
Director, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

Module Description: Motivational interviewing (MI) has emerged as one of the most critical evidence-based approaches when working with patients to promote behavior change. Originally developed in the context of treating substance use disorders, MI is a collaborative method of communication that pays particular attention to the language of change. MI helps to strengthen intrinsic motivation for change by exploring the patient’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance, partnership, evocation and compassion. This educational activity will introduce key MI principles, including the four processes, the spirit of MI, patient-centered communications skills, and the importance of evoking change talk. 

Educational Objectives:

  • Describe the spirit of motivational interviewing (MI) and its four processes
  • Utilize patient-centered MI skills to help elicit and strengthen the internal motivation for change
  • Summarize how to plan for change in a MI-consistent fashion
Availability: On-Demand
Expires on Jan 12, 2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 PA-CME Credit
1 Other Professionals Credit
1 Nursing Credit
1 Pharmacy Credit
1 IPCE Credit
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