(Equivalent to 14 Hours CEU)


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based counselling approach that was developed by clinical psychologists Stephen Rollnick and William Miller (1991). It involves a style of communicating with clients that specifically resolves ambivalence and/or resistance and builds motivation for change. This program offers a wide variety of non-clinical hands-on approaches for assisting trauma survivors in a community setting incorporating Motivational Interviewing techniques.

This program will be both engaging and participatory, but will not be directed towards counseling or clinical skills. It will still supply valuable skills to anyone working in this field. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) creates a barrier for clients to hinder the motivation for change due to the physiological and psychological stress of this anxiety disorder.

MI can be utilized to support clients to be able to stabilize prior to beginning to share and work through their traumatic experiences. After experiencing a Trauma people find it difficult to motivate themselves in everyday life activities (education, work, relationships and home life). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) interferes with motivation. As anxiety increases, resulting in both physiological and psychological impact, the tendency is to avoid rather than to engage in our lives.


MI can be used in supporting clients to learn to stabilize before going into their stories. Created for professionals, paraprofessionals, and volunteers who work alongside trauma survivors or are in contact with trauma-related histories or experiences. This program will improve the necessary techniques for activities with individuals or groups who have been exposed to trauma, either directly or indirectly.

Participants will:

  • Learn Miller and Rollnick’s motivational interviewing principles
  • Gain knowledge of the overarching philosophical underpinnings of motivational interviewing in the context of trauma work Integrate change talk through listen and respond strategies
  • Ensure that the focus remains on future and is not used incorrectly in the context of the work with traumatized clients (often people who have suffered trauma may have a great deal of difficulty looking into the future) Integrate the use of MI when working on stabilizing clients
  • Gain new skills including “Rolling with Resistance, using ‘controlled’ empathy, developing discrepancy and reflective listening”


Students are required to complete all training materials on-line, read through the manual and other related or recommended materials. Certificates of Completion for the course and the stream will be provided once all requirements are met.


Canadian $79.00 plus applicable taxes. Students will have 160 days access to this course.

Course Pre-Requisites:

There are no course pre-requisites for this Course.  This is an entry level program.


TI-104 Motivational Interviewing after Trauma  $ 79.00 CAD