Motivational Interviewing Online

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  • 18 hours of study / must be completed within a maximum of 8 weeks
  • Cost: $495 (no textbook)
  • Students will require practice with clients (live or “mock”)


Therapists will regularly find themselves in conversations with clients that are characterized by ambivalence, uncertainty, and low motivation. This is normal. Once referred to as “resistance,” therapists today must understand how they contribute to or take away from increased motivation with people at all stages of the change cycle. This course gives students a required toolkit that empowers them to rely not on the clients “will,” but on powerful, evocative questions that create change through strong coaching and an effective form of dialogue within the therapeutic relationship. Please note that oral and written fluency in English is required.

Course Outline

With the use of written lectures, videos and professional practice exercises, students are engaged in this 18-hour online course where they learn how to work with clients that are characterized by ambivalence, uncertainty, and low motivation. The cost of this course is $495, and must be completed within a maximum of 8 weeks. 

Eligibility and Certification

Upon completion and submission of all assignments, and following their review by the teaching team, students will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of each course.

Please note that completing any of these courses within the program does not qualify you to register with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers or the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Please be advised that completion of this course will satisfy most continuing education requirements.

Note the courses in this program are suitable for students with clinical backgrounds only, trained and capable of managing crisis clients.

Getting Started

Once payment is received, students will receive a license key and can begin their studies. Course content is varied and made up of lectures, viewings, demos, supplemental readings and professional/reflective exercises. There are no tests or exams; however, there are assignments for each module, which must be completed and then submitted online. The assignments in each course do not have to be completed in one sitting but please note: you have a maximum of 8 weeks to complete your studies. We uphold a strict policy that we do not extend or re-open the software to you once your 8-week period of learning is up. Plan accordingly; if you will be away, you must catch up on your work. Please also note that in the event of cancellation, a $100 administration fee will be applied.


There is not a waitlist for this course.


What format are the courses in? 

This program can be completed wherever you are, but you will need a good internet connection to do so. Great care has been taken to ensure high quality content delivery and learning without the use of a lecture hall. You will receive a “pass / fail” grade that is determined by the quality of the assignments turned in. If you exert a reasonable amount of effort, you should have no problem passing the course.

Will I have contact with an Instructor?  

Yes. A teaching team marks your assignments each week, and provides you with ongoing feedback on your exercises and reflections. The courses use a teaching team of MSW or higher designations who are also veteran practitioners and supervisors. All are qualified to teach at the graduate level, and all have strong experience in both clinical work, teaching and/or supervising.

 How does the software work? 

Once you have paid for your registration, a license key will be sent to the email address you provide us with. This can take up to seven days. Please check your spam folder regularly during this period. Once your license is active, you should plan to spend an hour getting oriented to the software before starting the coursework. Along the way, a support line is available to you should you encounter any problems (this is part of your welcome and orientation).

 Does the course offer any financial aid? 

No, not at this time. However, students that are registered with the OCSWSSW will qualify for $500.00 from the SWSSW Professional Development fund. For more information please visit

All students will receive a receipt. If you wish, you can also request an issuance of a T-2202 (or Tuition, Education and Textbook Amounts Certificate), which is an income tax form issued annually that recognizes education-related activity within the tax (calendar) year. It shows the amount of tuition paid that may be claimed for income tax purposes. You must request this specifically from Adler in time to file your annual income tax - it is not issued automatically.

Who is the contact person for this program? 
Students may contact the Dean of Continuing Education, Ms. Beatrice Traub-Werner, for specific questions:

Beatrice Traub-Werner, MSW, RSW

Dean, Continuing Education

Adler Graduate Professional School

890 Yonge St., 9th floor,

Toronto, ON  M4W 3P4

T: 416-923-4419, ext. 503