Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents in Primary Care: The Basics

Type: eLearning
Date: October 2018

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Jointly provided by the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Cardea

About this Independent Study

Expiration Date: This activity was originally released on October 19, 2018 and is available for continuing education credit until October 18, 2020. Last reviewed/updated on January 21, 2020.

Motivational interviewing is a useful counseling approach for supporting positive behavioral change among adolescent patients. This course provides an overview of motivational interviewing for the primary care provider. It focuses on the spirit and principles of motivational interviewing, and provides examples of motivational interviewing strategies.

Who Should Attend

Physicians, nurse practitioners, behavioral health specialists, behavioral health nurses and physician assistants, and social workers who work with adolescents.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental spirit and principles of Motivational Interviewing
  • Describe the Motivational Interviewing approach to assessing readiness for change
  • Describe the Motivational Interviewing approach to building motivation and confidence for change


Nicholas Weiss, MD is a PAL (Partnership Access Line) Program Consultant for Seattle Children’s Hospital. PAL supports primary care providers (doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) with questions about mental health care such as diagnostic clarification, medication adjustment or treatment planning.

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

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Successful completion of this continuing education activity includes the following:

  • Attending the entire CE activity
  • Completing the online evaluation
  • Submitting an online CE Request

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the California Medical Association (CMA) through the joint providership of Cardea and the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Cardea is accredited by the CMA to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Cardea designates this Internet enduring material for a maximum of .75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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