Motivational Interviewing 101: Implementing the O.A.R.S. Skill for Behavior Change

Video Recorded 1.25 hour Online Training Module

Presentation Slides PDF Included!

The North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board (NCASPPB) Provider #20-625-G approved for 1 hour of Substance-Specific Evidence-Based Treatment (SS EBT).

NBCC ACEP # 7091, CE Training Workshops has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #7091. Programs that do not qualify are clearly identified. CE Training Workshops is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. CE Training Workshops designates this continuing education activity for 1 hour of Substance-Specific Evidence-Based Treatment.

ACE (ASWB) : CE Training Workshops, #1770, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CE Training Workshops maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 08/2/2020 – 08/2/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 1 Substance-Specific Evidence-Based Treatment continuing education credit.

Target Audience: Psychologists, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialists, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists

Course completion requires that the attendee be logged in at course start time, attend the entire training, and complete the course evaluation & quiz. Partial credit is not approved.

Content Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Motivational Interviewing is an empathic, person-centered counseling approach that prepares people for change by helping them resolve ambivalence, enhance intrinsic motivation, and build confidence to change. Open questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summary reflections (OARS) are the basic interaction techniques and skills that are used “early and often” in the motivational interviewing approach. In this course, participants will learn how to apply one of the most relevant skills of Motivation Interviewing which is the OARS in order to facilitate a collaborative relationship with clients and to help them develop the desire to change an undesired substance use behavior.

Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:

Explain the four elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI) “spirit”.
Define Miller and Rollnick’s “four processes” of MI.
Demonstrate “OARS” skills.


10:00 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Explain the four elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI) “spirit”.
10:20 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Define Miller and Rollnick’s “four processes” of MI.
10:40 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Demonstrate “OARS” skills.

Meet Your Facilitator

Lorna Vanden Heuvel is the Owner & Training Development Officer of CE Training Workshops, LLC. She is a Licsensed Clinical Social Worker Associate, a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist, and a Clinical Supervisor Intern. She obtained her BA in Human Development from Eckerd College in St. Pete, Florida and her Masters in Social Work from Widener University in Pennsylvania with a specialization in Trauma. One of her many passions is getting together a group of professionals and leading a discussion on the topic of the day. The backbone philosophy of her company’s approach to providing education is that there is just as much learning to be gained from each other as there is from the expert facilitator. As such, CE Training Workshops events are highly participatory and interactive – both in-person and in our live webinars!

Lorna is trained in learning methodologies and instructing techniques as well as course material development to meet any professional training needs. Lorna has 20+ years of combined training & development and social services experience in the corporate sector, substance use recovery programs, and mental health and has had the pleasure of working with large brand organizations as well as the homeless population. In her spare time, Lorna and her husband serve at their church and enjoy a competitive game of pickleball.

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