Certificate Program of Advanced Motivational Interviewing

The HETI Certificate Program of Advanced Motivational Interviewing is designed for anyone who would like to enhance their practice of Motivational Interviewing, or for those who are looking for a way to demonstrate their current level of advanced practice.


The goal of the program is to demonstrate consistent proficiency in the practice of Motivational Interviewing.

Proficiency is demonstrated by the following:

  • A combined score of 4 on Relational Components (Partnership & Empathy)

  • A combined score of 4 on Technical Components (Cultivating Change Talk & Softening Sustain Talk)

  • 50% or greater of all Reflections will be Complex Reflections

  • At least a 2 to 1 ratio of Reflections to Questions

*(Page 33 of the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Manual, MITI 4.2.1)


Our program asks that members produce three consecutive submissions that are coded as proficient before we award the certificate. Participants have up to one year to complete the program. Work and progress will be evaluated by submitting audio recorded sessions with a client/patient, a real/role play with a friend or co-worker, or on the phone with one of HETI’s Simulated Patients/Clients. The recordings will be coded using the MITI 4.2.1.

Our Certificate Program is overseen by our very own Kelley Barton Newkirk who meets with participants to review coding results and individually coach and help them come up with strategies and plans to increase their own spirit and skills.


As a member, you will receive coded results (including ratios and global ratings) along with narrative feedback on how well you are applying the spirit, structure, and skills of Motivational Interviewing to your work. Your coded results will include recommendations to help inform your next recording as you increase your skill level until you reach the first milestone: coded feedback indicating proficiency.


The next phase of your program will be to show consistent proficiency. This will be demonstrated once you are able to provide three consecutive recordings indicating proficiency.


Recommended Prerequisites:

This program is a rigorous undertaking and we recommend that you have completed Motivational Interviewing: The Basics and Motivational Interviewing: Advancing Practice before registering for this program.


Application Process:

Please fill out our application form and send with payment for the program and your first recording and you will receive your ‘start date’. Then begin submitting your recordings for coded feedback (one every four to six weeks is recommended).

Certificate Program Pricing:

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Certificate Program of Advanced MI



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