Online Course
Applying Motivational Interviewing in Practice
Clinical application of communication techniques

1.5-2 hours





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Nick Rainey
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Nick is a physical therapist with a passion for teaching and mentoring and evidence-based management of his patients

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When conducting an interview, it is important to create a good rapport with your patient. There are many subtle ways we can achieve this, and with practice, a lot of these techniques can be effectively applied. It is useful to consider how something is said and the impact this can have on the individual receiving the information. It has been shown that a person is far more willing to divulge information if they believe you are genuinely interested in them and the information they are sharing.


This course aims to illustrate how to apply motivational interviewing techniques in your practice.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Video 1: Words That Heal
  2. Video 2: Communication Strategies
  3. Video 3: What Does the Patient Believe?
  4. Reading activity
  5. Quiz

Target audience

This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.


Availability - this course is online and can be completed on your own schedule.

Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1.5-2 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.

Types of Activities - Watching videos, reading, a final quiz and participating in an international discussion forum.

Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 1.3 Plus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.

Requirements to complete this course

In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:

  1. Respect the Plus Community Culture.
  2. Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
  3. Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
  4. Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
  5. Complete a course evaluation form.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • explain the four principles of motivational interviewing
  • describe how to utilise motivational interviewing tools
  • explain the "therapeutic alliance" between practitioner and patient
  • describe how to apply practical interviewing skills
  • identify psychosocial risk factors

Instructor financial and non-financial disclosures

No relevant relationships disclosed by instructor.


For special needs or accommodations please contact us with details of how we can meet your needs.

Featured reviews
This course changed my practice and made me a better interviewer. I understand their beliefs and always ensure we are on the same page.
Ogechi Grace Amaefule
It is a very elaborate and informative platform where you can not leave without learning 2-3 new things, at least from every article/course you do. Moreover, it is an excellent source of keeping oneself up to date with all the current methods and treatments.
Lohana Komal Pardhan
I do not understand why there is not enough enthusiasm for this course! It is vital to establish a harmonious relationship with the patient. This course builds on the excellent human and professional communication between the practitioner and the patient. I invite all my fellow physiotherapists from all countries to carefully follow this course full of teaching and wisdom.
Joseph Jean Alain FOTSO