Advanced Motivational Interviewing Certificate

Program Overview

Skills Lab for Advanced Motivational Interviewing Practice

Advance your motivational interviewing skills through this hands-on skills lab featuring ‘real-play’ with simulated persons. Learn how to enhance the effectiveness of motivational interviewing implementation with your clients. You will also have the opportunity to practice your skills  through small group and individual experiential learning, and to create a MI self-directed learning plan.

Definition of Simulation-based-learning: This method of teaching is used to allow students to “practice” skills immediately, in a mentored environment with the instructor. Simulation-based -learning involves additional experienced “facilitators”. A facilitator supports the instructor in supervising students during practice simulations with patient actors. 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 of the benefits of Simulation please click HERE .

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
  • Build upon 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 one-on-one sessions where you will receive individualized feedback

Optional: You also have the opportunity to earn a digital credential: in Advanced Motivational Interviewing - Advanced Skills credential. There is a non-refundable administration fee of $20+HST to apply for a digital credential (this fee includes up to 2 opportunities to pass a post-program online assessment, required to earn the digital credential). You will receive your digital credential(s) via email upon program completion and after passing a post-program online assessment.

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 includes simulation practice with your inter-professional peers, and a one-on-one session with individualized feedback.

The program will be delivered fully online over two 4-hour sessions. You will then have the opportunity to book a 30-minute one-on-one assessment with the simulated person and instructor. You will need to receive a satisfactory standing to earn the 'Motivational Interviewing - Advanced Skills' digital credential.

Session 1 Topics covered will include:

  • Understanding motivation - rulers
  • Forming reflections
  • Responding to change talk
  • Providing information
  • Action planning
Session 2 'Real-play' simulation practice in small groups with simulated person (SP) actors.
Evaluative Experiential Learning 30-minute individual assessment with instructor and SP (to be booked at start of program)


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

Certificate of Completion

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.

Digital Credential

Optional: You also have the opportunity to earn a digital credential: in Motivational Interviewing - Fundamental Skills.  To earn a digital credential you’ll need to pass a short post-program on-line test and pay $20+HST administrative fee. You will receive your digital credential(s) via email upon program completion, with instructions on how to collect and display them.


This Continuing Education program is approved by NBHWC for 8-hours continuing education units (CEP#100131) .


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