(WEBINAR) Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing


# of CE's: 3.5


CE Type: SW, IACET, APA            # of CE's: 3.5 CE's      0.4 IACET CE's


About This Course

This webinar will cover Stages of Change theory, and how it applies to behavioral change in ourselves and others.  We will also introduce the principles and basic techniques of Motivational Interviewing (MI), which is an evidence-based and client-centered approach for enhancing motivation and commitment to behavioral change.  Through a combination of participatory exercises, illustrative videos and lecture, participants will learn the building blocks of effective MI counseling.  Particular attention will be paid to strategies for helping people who appear to be “stuck” and/or “resistant” to change.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. List and describe the Stages of Change
  2. Identify service strategies that are appropriate to each of the Stages
  3. Discuss alternative ways to respond to people who are “resistant” or “stuck”
  4. Identify and begin to practice some of interaction techniques of MI
  5. Define reflective listening and its use in providing recovery-oriented support


Intended Audience: 

Provider Network


Instructional Level: 



Completion Requirements: 

Participants must attend the entire session, participate in all activities, and submit an evaluation within the 7 days of training to receive credits and a certificate. All CEU certificates and certificates of attendance will be received through the DBHIDS Learning Hub. Once you have completed your evaluation you will have access to your CEU or Certificate of Attendance through your DBHIDS Learning Hub Account.


Credit Statements:

BHTEN is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. 
As an IACET Accredited Provider, BHTEN offers CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.  BHTEN is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this program.
(0.4 CEU = 3.5 Training Hours)

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3.5 CE credit hours for Psychologists awarded.  BHTEN is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  BHTEN maintains responsibility for this program and its content


Behavioral Health Training and Education Network BHTEN, #1779, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards have the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/22/22-9/22/25. Social workers completing this course receive 3.5 General continuing education credits.

Course Instructors

September 14, 2022

Ryan Skimmons


Forensic Training Coordinator



Ryan has worked with non-profit, community, and managed care settings.  He is experienced in training development and delivery, behavioral health program development, procurements, clinical interventions, as well as clinical and administrative supervision.  Previously, Ryan worked as a director of residential treatment programs for adults with severe behavioral health needs, providing crisis intervention and individual and group therapy in those settings. Ryan has also provided services in outpatient settings and in the community for youth and adolescents on the autism spectrum.  He earned his M.S. in Psychology from Villanova University.

May 17, 2023

Brienne Jennings


Education and Training Supervisor



Brienne has been working in the behavioral health field for the past 11 years and has done so in both New Jersey and Pennsylvania. During this time, she has provided behavioral health services as an instructional designer, trainer, behavioral health clinician/therapist, case manager, research assistant, and mental health technician. Brienne holds a MA in Mental Health Counseling from Seton Hall University and has training in trauma, counseling practices (including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Grief), learning management systems, and project management. Brienne is also a CPI Certified Associate Instructor for Nonviolent Crisis Intervention®. Brienne currently works at DBHIDS as the Learning Development Specialist.