Motivational Interviewing Simulation Lab

Program Overview

Practice your motivational interviewing skills through this simulation lab with professional actors.

Advance your motivational interviewing skills through practical and applied simulation-based learning with professional actors, and receive mentorship from your facilitator. You will 'realplay' by participating as yourself in simulations based on real-world scenarios. Learn how to enhance the effectiveness of motivational interviewing with your clients by practicing your skills in small groups with your interprofessional peers.

Definition of Simulation-based-learning: This method of teaching is used to allow students to “practice” skills immediately, in a safe and mentored environment with facilitators. 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:

  • Build upon your competencies from the Motivation Interviewing Certificate, and apply use of OARS skills, and change talk approaches
  • Practice your skills through simulation practice in small breakout groups of only 5-6 learners per actor and facilitator
  • Learn through practice, observation and feedback and make significant progress through this effective experiential learning technique
  • You have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion at the end of the program, on successful completion of all mandatory requirements

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

Entry Requirements:

  • Programs at the Health Leadership & Learning Network (HLLN) are offered in English. To register in our programs, it is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the language requirements. You may be asked to demonstrate language proficiency. Click on the link to learn more: English Language Requirements.

Please note: International students who meet program entry requirements are  welcome to take this program.

If you are unsure whether you meet the minimum requirements, please inquire at 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or

Note: This program is also available as in-house training, with scenarios that can be customized for your organization at an additional fee.

Program Content

Program Format

The Motivational Interviewing Simulation Lab will give you the opportunity to apply your skills in practice through hands-on participation in 'real-play' with a professional actor. The virtual simulations will take place in small breakout groups with your inter-professional peers and a facilitator.

A  optional review of motivational interviewing with be provided through self-directed learning prior to the program. The instructor will also provide a brief review and instructions at the start of the session.

The program will be delivered fully online over two 3.5-hour sessions.

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.


Leigh Caplan - RN, MA, CDE

Diabetes Nurse Educator, Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team

Portrait of Instructor Leigh Caplan in a Circle FrameLeigh Caplan is a Diabetes Nurse Educator in the Sunnybrook Academic Family Health Team.   She has worked in the area of Diabetes Education for over 19 years. She has been the clinical lead on the expansion of the diabetes program at Sunnybrook and responsible for inter-professional diabetes education and coaching using motivational interviewing skills. Leigh is a faculty member of the Institute of Healthcare Communication: Choices and Change workshop, Choices and changes Mentoring Workshops with simulated patients and Coaching Clinicians for Enhanced Performance. Leigh is a tutor in University of Toronto Medical School’s Community, Population and Public Health (CPPH)-1 course. Leigh has been a tutor and facilitator of Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences’ Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate course.

Certificate of Completion

Certificate of Completion 

Certificates of completion are issued approximately three to four weeks after the end of the program, as long as you have :

  • Attended all sessions
  • Completed and passed all assignments and assessments, as they may be assigned during the program

Please note, you must complete and submit your assignments and assessments before the program end date.

For more information, please review our Program Policies & Disclaimer.