On-Demand CE Training

ODL 236: Motivational Interviewing and Ethical Practices

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Created on 06/14/2024

Target Audience:

This course is targeted for social workers, case managers, nurses, and counselors.


Motivational Interviewing is an effective ethical technique for professionals in many practice settings to engage in meaningful conversations with clients to help facilitate attitude and behavior change.  This workshop examines a brief definition and history, theoretical framework, style and spirit, process, and techniques of motivational interviewing.  The workshop also explores how biases and diversity influence behavior and services, and provides tools for reflection, self-monitoring and regulation to manage personal values and maintain professional standards of practice.

Course Objectives:

By the end of the session – the participant will be able to:

  • Recall the basic terminology and framework of motivational interviewing
  • Examine the meaning of using style and spirit with motivational interviewing techniques
  • Express understanding of the motivational interviewing process
  • Identify basic techniques for using motivational interviewing in each process step
  • Identify and evaluate how biases and diversity influence Motivational Interviewing practice
  • Discover the practice of reflection, self-monitoring and regulation to ensure ethical practice in Motivational Interviewing


Rhonda DiNovo, LMSW, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, College of Social Work

Rhonda DiNovo serves as Clinical Assistant Professor, MSW Program Coordinator, and Coordinator of the Graduate Drug and Addictions Studies Certificate Program in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina.   She teaches students important theoretical and practical approaches in interdisciplinary health and mental health, as well as principles and practices of motivational interviewing and cognitive behavior therapy. Professor DiNovo also serves as Field Supervisor and Director of the West Columbia Outreach Program, a police social work outreach service offered through the West Columbia Police Department that provides brief screening, assessment and referral to treatment services and community resources to those in mental health and substance use crises.  Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member in the College of Social Work, Rhonda served three years as Director of Substance Abuse Prevention and Education for USC and eight years as Prevention Specialist for adolescents and their families at LRADAC.


Social Workers
ASWB ACE – 3 Clinical and 2 Ethics CE Credits
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work – 5 Contact Hours
Case Managers
CCMC – 5 Contact Hours
California Board of Registered Nursing – 5 Contact Hours
5 Contact Hours including 2 Ethics*
NBCC ACEP – 5 Contact Hours
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners – 5 Contact Hours

* Some states do not require/accept ethics hours for counselors, for those cases contact hours will be awarded

Please make sure to check with your own state board to ensure the transferability of CE credit for an asynchronous course. Some state boards may place restrictions regarding the modality of training required for ethics credits to be awarded. If this training indicates ethics credits are available, please verify that your state allows them to be earned through an on-demand course format.