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 Course Title:   Motivational Interviewing


 Department:    HSERV

 Course #:    132

 Credits:    4

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    4

 CIP:    511508

 EPC:    424

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

Introduction to basic terminology and techniques involved in Motivational Interviewing. This is a skill building course for students interested in entering the counseling profession.


Prerequisite: HSERV 106 or department chair approval.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 44

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Preparatory Required for ATA degree  

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify an effective interview and understand why it is effective
  2. Identify the skills required to conduct an effective interview.
  3. Identify an ineffective interview and understand why it is ineffective.
  4. Conduct an effective interview and assess the effectiveness of the interview.
  5. Utilize constructive criticism to develop a style that can be identified.
  6. Assess own strengths and weaknesses to set goals for growth.
  7. Assess own progress toward meeting goals.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.2 Recognize, produce and demonstrate appropriate interpersonal, group, and public speaking skills.
3.3 Demonstrate effective listening skills.
3.5 Recognize, comprehend, and use non-verbal behaviors appropriate to a given context.

Course Contents

  1. Focusing and following.
  2. Effective inquiry.
  3. Reflecting content.
  4. Understanding motivation and change.
  5. Responding to resistance.
  6. Responding to change talk.
  7. Strengthening committment to change.
  8. Facilitating positive change.
  9. Putting it all together/integrating the preceding skills.