$200 – $400

Motivational Interviewing (MI): Moving Clients Through the Process of Chang...

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time



Columbia School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10027

View Map

Friends Who Are Going
Event description


Motivational Interviewing (MI): Moving Clients Through the Process of Change

6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers. For other states please email swope@columbia.edu.

$250 single; $200 each for 5 or more

Alumni will receive a $50 discount. Please email swope@columbia.edu for the promotional code. Your email should contain your name and the year you graduated.

This is an introductory workshop in a two part series. The second workshop will build on the knowledge and skills learned in the introductory workshop. A special discounted price is offered for those who sign up for both workshops.

$400 for both workshops. $375 for Alumni.

For more information on the Advanced workshop


*Open to the public


Motivational interviewing (MI) belongs to a category of evidenced-based interventions aimed at increasing clients' commitment to change. It draws on strategies from client-centered counseling, cognitive therapy, and a strengths perspective, and focuses on building intrinsic motivation for change, through exploring and resolving ambivalence. While initially developed to address problem drinking, over the past 25 years, motivational interviewing has been applied to a wide range of populations and behavioral change areas, and the efficacy of this practice model has been demonstrated in numerous clinical trials involving comparisons to other models. Robust scientific evidence has shown support for Motivational Interviewing in working in such areas as smoking cessation, medication adherence, nutrition and fitness, elder care, and the rehabilitation of persons with various disabilities allowing participants from a wide range of professional practice to gain and apply MI skills. Over the last two decades, CSSW has been a leader in the instruction of MI.

Workshop Description

This workshop will include presentation of conceptual material and practice demonstration by the facilitator, video-clip demonstration, real-play and role-play exercises, small group activities, written exercises and case discussion.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

• Identify the four guiding principles of MI
• Identify the four Basic MI Skills
• Convert closed-ended into open-ended questions
• Define and present examples of “sustain talk” and “change talk”


Dr. Andrew Hamid holds an MSW (Toronto), M.Mus (Royal Conservatory) and PhD in Social Work & Psychology (Michigan). He has extensive clinical and supervisory experience in the field of substance abuse. He has been on the faculty of the Columbia School of Social Work for over 20 years where he teaches primarily on substance abuse, motivational interviewing (MI) and international health and social development. At Columbia’s Medical School, he teaches MI and health behavior change. Over the past two decades, Dr. Hamid has been actively involved in delivering professional development workshops to Human Service agencies across the US and Canada on the application of MI to a wide range of client populations. More recently, he has been engaged in facilitating workshops on the cultural adaptability of Motivational Interviewing in various parts of the developing world.

6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers. For other states please email swope@columbia.edu.. In order to receive your continuing education certificate, you must attend the entire workshop. Certificates will be emailed within 30 days of the workshop. CSSW is an approved NYSED provider for continuing education contact hours and a CSWE accredited institution.

Special Accommodations and Grievance Policy

For information on special accommodations or our grievance policy, click here.

Cancellation policy: Fees will be refunded less a $5.00 processing fee, if written notification is received by the Office of Professional Excellence up to two weeks prior to the workshop date.

For more workshops please visit our website. Click Here

Share with friends

Date and Time


Columbia School of Social Work

1255 Amsterdam Avenue

New York, NY 10027

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved