Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Boston, MA US

In this presentation, Dr. Bierer gives an overview of Motivational Interviewing, explaining its origins and how it can be implemented to successfully help patients change behavior. The presentation covers different stages of change and different attitudes towards change that patients can adopt.

Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, nurse practitioners, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize the basic principles of Motivational Interviewing methodology with patients.
  2. Explain the role of ambivalence in Motivational Interviewing techniques.
  3. List the stages of change in their relation to Motivational Interviewing.

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Massachusetts General Hospital & Partners HealthCare System

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114
United States

Michael Bierer, MD, MPH

Associate Physician, Massachusetts General Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Michael is an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an associate physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where he has been on staff since 1988. Michael has developed an addictions and pain-oriented clinical practice nested in a general primary care clinic at MGH. He has been involved in educating colleagues and trainees in the management of addictions and complicated pain problems and holds responsibility of this curriculum for the internal medicine residents at the hospital. Dr. Bierer may be heard frequently as the voice of the New England Journal of Medicine podcasts. He is also a diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine. Michael holds an MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and an MPH in health policy and management from Harvard School of Public Health.

Partners HealthCare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Partners HealthCare System designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Other Professions
This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course. Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.

Faculty Disclosure Statement
In accord with the disclosure policy of Partners HealthCare System as well as guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), planners, speakers and/or their spouse/partner or anyone who may have an influence on the content of the activity have been asked to disclose any relationship they or their spouse/partner have to companies producing pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, devices, etc. that may be germane to the content of their presentation. Such disclosure is not intended to suggest or condone bias, but provides participants with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a given presentation.

Resolution of Conflicts of Interest (COI)
Partners HealthCare System has implemented a process to resolve potential COIs for this CME activity to help ensure content objectivity, independence, fair balance and ensure that the content is aligned with the interest of the public. 

The following planner and/or their spouse/partner has reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Michael Bierer, MD, MPH
Robert Birnbaum, MD, PhD - Reviewer 

The following speaker and/or their spouse/partner has reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest:

Michael Bierer, MD, MPH

Release Date: February 12, 2013
Expiration Date: May 26, 2021
Review Date: May 27, 2020 by Robert J. Birnbaum, MD, PhD

Available Credit

  • 0.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.50 Participation


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