May 12 2020
May 12 2020: 1:00pm–4:15pm

Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Practice

Medical Education, Mental Health and Behavioral Health

Please note: We are carefully monitoring news about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States and locally. As a proactive step, the Bradley Learning Exchange has canceled this Bradley Conference event. Refunds will be issued for those who had already registered. Please call 401-606-5752 with any questions.

This is an interactive session designed both to review the principles of Motivational Interviewing and to engage in real-time practice of Motivational Interviewing skills through much of the three-hour session. This is not an introductory course, but rather meant to review the basics and then advance the practice of Motivational Interviewing in practitioners with some prior knowledge of this technique. Emphasis will be on:

  • Identifying and using the basic tools of Motivational Interviewing: Open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries.
  • Identifying “change” talk as opposed to “sustain” talk and preferentially encouraging and eliciting change talk. Exercises and practice interviews are drawn from adolescent and family examples to make this course directly relevant to practitioners working with adolescents and their families. 

Bradley Conference is designed to provide education for psychologists, social workers, physicians, nurses, certified counselors, speech/language and occupational therapists, teachers, milieu associates, and other professionals who work with children, adolescents or adults. Topics address different behavioral health populations and treatment modalities and are intended to provide practical, state-of-the-art information.

Bradley Hospital’s clinical expertise, internationally renowned research, and academic affiliation with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University make the hospital a unique resource in all areas of behavioral health care. We have designed a wide range of learning experiences to provide the training that behavioral health care professionals need to stay at the forefront of their fields.


Catherine Friedman, MD, is board certified in child and adolescent psychiatry, general psychiatry and addiction medicine. She is an assistant professor (clinical) of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University. Dr. Friedman has worked in various clinical, administrative, educational and research settings within hospital and community health systems, Rhode Island state government organizations and Brown University. A unifying theme of her work has been how substance use disorders and other psychiatric disorders develop across the lifespan and within family systems. She has been learning and practicing Motivational Interviewing since 2005, and teaching it to multiple types of practitioners since 2008. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the theoretical basis for Motivational Interviewing and the evidence for its efficacy.
  2. Realize the “spirit” of Motivational Interviewing, and be able to briefly articulate what this is and how it serves as a foundation for practice.  
  3. Identify and use the basic Motivational Interviewing Skills of OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries). 
  4. Differentiate between “change” and “sustain” talk, and preferentially elicit change talk (and reduce sustain talk) in practice exercises.  


  • Target audience: psychologists, physicians, social workers and other interested health care professionals.
  • Instructional level: Intermediate.
  • 3.0 CE hours/credits (See below.) 
  • Beverages and light snacks will be offered. 


  • Program fee: $59 
  • Online registration closes on Monday, May 11.
  • Phone registration: Please call the department of behavioral education at 401-606-5752
  • For refund/cancellation information please email or call Liz DeFreitas at 401-606-5752.
  • To request reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the Rhode Island Hospital CME office at 401-444-4260.

Register online

Continuing Education Hours/Credit

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation criteria and policies of the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS) through the joint providership of Rhode Island Hospital and Bradley Hospital.  Rhode Island Hospital is accredited by the Rhode Island Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.      

Rhode Island Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Rhode Island Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  This activity is approved for 1.0 Category 1 CE credits.  Credits available to RI licensed psychologists only.  

CEUs for this event have been submitted, pending approval by the National Board for Social Work (NASW), designating this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 continuing education credits for certified counselors, marriage and family therapists.