Advanced Motivational Interviewing Certificate

Program Overview

Skills Lab for Advanced MI Practice

Strengthen your MI skills through this hands-on skills lab for a deeper dive into the effectiveness implementation of MI. Learn how to strategically provide information to clients, and analyze text to further develop your skills. You will also have the opportunity to practice your skills through simulations and to create a MI self-directed learning plan.

NOTE: Please review the program prerequisites before you register to the Advanced Motivational Interviewing Certificate

How Will You Benefit:

  • Integrate advanced MI with other supportive communication for behavior change to better support your clients
  • Enhance your competencies from the Motivation Interviewing Certificate, such as further development of your use of complex and simple reflections, and change talk approaches
  • More practice makes perfect - make progress through simulation practice and receive individualized feedback

What You Will Learn:

By the end of the programs, you will be able to

  • Utilize simple and complex reflections with increased sense of strategy and purpose
  • Listen to and respond to change talk
  • Understand about the best time to utilize MI in complex client care
  • Execute information exchange in an MI adherent fashion
  • Create tangible ways to further develop MI skills

Who Should Take This Program:

  • Participants who have knowledge and/or training in Motivational Interviewing want a refresher and a deeper dive into the use of MI

Pre-requisite: The Motivational Interviewing Certificate or similar MI training through a college or university level program. Contact us at if you are interested in taking the program but are unsure if you meet the prerequisites.

Program Content

Program Format

The Advanced Motivational Interviewing Certificate is a practical and applied skills lab. Hands-on participation including simulation practice with your inter-professional peers will be expected.

The program will be delivered fully online over two 4-hour sessions. Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding motivation - rulers
  • Forming reflections
  • Responding to change talk
  • Providing information
  • Action planning

Definition of Simulation-based-learning: Simulation-based learning involves practice roleplay where students work with each other, or with actors to simulate real-world situations. This method of teaching is used to allow students to directly apply and practice skills, in a mentored environment with an instructor. Simulation-base -learning involves the support of additional experienced “facilitators” who will support the instructor in supervising students during practice simulations. Simulation-based learning will be conducted in a safe and supportive learning environment - all participants are expected to follow the York University student conduct policy. The facilitator will be present to answer questions and provide suggestions, feedback, and to foster discussion and reflection during and after the simulations.

To learn more about the benefits and evidence behind simulation-based learning, please click HERE and read the article.


Maya Obadia, PhD,RP

Dr. Maya Obadia is a Registered Psychotherapist and a MINT certified MI trainer. She is currently a Lecturer in Kinesiology and Psychology at the University of Guelph-Humber, an affiliate of the ELLICSR Cancer and Survivorship Centre at UHN, and Director of Maya Obadia Training and Psychotherapy.  Her expertise is in Motivational Interviewing for behaviour change in populations with chronic disease. Dr. Obadia has received her doctorate from the Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, and training at Sick kids in Toronto where she developed a MI training program for primary care physicians to use when treating children with obesity. Maya's post doctoral fellowship training in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, and at UHN, paved the way for use of MI as an integral part of Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Dr. Obadia continues to be involved in training and research in the program. Dr. Obadia continues to consult with various research institutions and non profit supporting programs and curriculums in health behaviour change.

Certificate/Digital Credential

Certificates are issued on completion of all mandatory requirements ( please make sure to review all of them) approximately two weeks after the program.

Please note in order to receive a certificate of completion you must have attended the program dates and/or achieve the learning objectives of your program as determined by the instructor. For more information please review our Program Policies & Disclaimer.


Schulich Executive Hotel on Campus

• The Executive Learning Centre features:
• 60 executive style guest rooms on 12 floors each with a queen size bed
• Complimentary high speed internet access
• In room coffee/tea maker
• Wheelchair accessible

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Allied Health professionals taking this Workshop may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Allied Health Professional Development Fund offered through HealthForce Ontario. Please visit the HealthForce Ontario website for more details