Motivational Interviewing for Corrections Professionals


In this course, you will learn about the philosophy, principles and practice of motivational interviewing (MI) with offenders in a correctional setting. After gaining valuable information about how MI was developed to motivate behavioral change, you will take part in interactive exercises that show you specific strategies for dealing with offender resistance. MI techniques are evidence-based best practices in working with highly resistant incarcerated individuals- learn how to "roll with offender resistance" and watch the change happen!


Hours: 2.50


Certificates provided by accrediting body (3 Match)

American Jail Association Certification


This activity is approved for 3.00 contact hours.

California Board of State and Community Corrections


This activity is approved for 2.50 STC credit hours.

South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy


This course has been approved by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy for 2.50 hours. CJA Lesson Plan #5707

Course Details

Course Code: EL-MI-CORR-0
Hours: 2.5
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 1/31/2019
Learning Objectives:
Define motivational interviewing
Describe the six stages of change and explain what offenders may so or do in each stage.
Discuss the four principles of motivational interviewing
Identify at least one strategy you can use to enhance a person's motivation to change within each of the stages of change.

A. About This Course B. Learning Objectives C. Motivational Interviewing And Stages Of Change D. How Change Happens E. The Cycle Of Change F. Stages Of Change G. Precontemplation H. Contemplation I. Preparation J. Action K. Maintenance L. Relapse M. Scenario N. Summary O. Introduction To Motivational Interviewing P. Four Basic Principles Of MI Q. Principle One: Express Empathy R. Principle Two: Develop Discrepancy S. Principle Three: Roll With Resistance T. Principle Four: Support Self-efficacy U. Let's Practice! V. What Is Resistance? W. Understanding Offender Resistance X. Enhancing Motivation For Change Y. The Precontemplation Stage Z. The Contemplation Stage AA. The Preparation Stage BB. The Action Stage CC. The Maintenance Stage DD. The Relapse Stage EE. Areas For Application FF. Let's Practice! GG. Summary HH. Goals Of MI II. Establish Rapport JJ. Open Questions KK. Affirmations LL. Reflections MM. Let's Practice! NN. Summaries OO. Elicit Change Talk PP. The Importance/Confidence Ruler QQ. Decisional Balance Sheet RR. Change Talk Techniques SS. Establish Commitment Language TT. MI Traps UU. More About Richard VV. Let's Practice! WW. Summary XX. Effectiveness Of Motivational Interviewing YY. Why Is Motivational Interviewing So Effective? ZZ. Let's Practice! AAA. Summary BBB. References

Instructor: Judy Cox, M.A.
Judith F. Cox is a national consultant in mental health services for persons involved in all phases of the criminal justice system from pre-arraignment to parole. She has over thirty-five years of mental health and correctional experience in both direct care and policy-making positions. Highlights of her experience include 10 years of clinical services in a maximum security prison in New York State and her leadership in developing a nationally recognized suicide prevention service and training model for correctional facilities and police lockups and a mental health training program and service model to bridge law enforcement and community based crisis service programs. Both of these programs were fully implemented in New York State under her leadership. She received the NYS Governor’s award and numerous criminal justice agency awards for these achievements. Judith has held many key government positions at the New York State Office of Mental Health including Director of the Bureau of Forensic Services, Director of Assertive Community Treatment and Forensic Planner. As an administrator in the NYSOMH she was also a leader in the implementation of evidence based practices within New York State’s public mental heath system. Judith now works as a national consultant and expert witness specializing suicide prevention and mental health programming and training in the criminal justice system. Judith has authored multiple publications and numerous government documents in these areas.  Disclosure: Judy Cox, M.A. has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: entry level Correctional Officers; in the following settings: Adult Corrections.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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