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TI-104 Motivational Interviewing after Trauma

Gain skills to empower & motivate clients who have experienced trauma.

Teach clients to overcome ambivalence.

Learn the use of MI to stabilize clients for positive change and growth.


Who Benefits from Participation?

  • First responders (e.g., fire/rescue, emergency medical services, law enforcement)
  • Mental health and community health care professionals.
  • Volunteers working with trauma survivors or those who are in contact with trauma-related histories or experiences.
  • This is an entry-level program and no pre-requisites are required to receive the Motivational Interviewing After Trauma certificate other than successful course completion.

What is Motivational Interviewing After Trauma?

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based counselling approach, developed by clinical psychologists, Stephen Rollnick and William Miller (1991), involving a style of communicating with clients that specifically resolves ambivalence and/or resistance and builds motivation for change. MI can also be used in supporting clients to learn to stabilize before going into their stories.

Trauma survivors often find it difficult to motivate themselves in everyday life activities (e.g., education, work, relationships and home life) as a direct result of both the physiological and psychological impact of trauma.

This course offers a wide variety of non-clinical hands-on approaches for assisting trauma survivors in a community setting incorporating Motivational Interviewing techniques. A strong emphasis is placed on designing activities for recovery and reconnection such as rituals and memorials. Creating or re-creating community connections and healthy outlets will be the main focus of this course. This program will be both engaging and participatory, but will not be directed towards counseling or clinical skills.

With our state-of-the-art technology, you will have unlimited access to this online, self-paced course for 160 days (as opposed to a 1- to 2-day training session) AND support all along the way.

This program is the fourth course of our Community & Workplace Traumatologist designations.

Download TI-104 Course Outline HERE

Learning Objectives

  • Study Miller and Rollnick’s motivational interviewing principles.
  • Understand the overarching philosophical underpinnings of motivational interviewing in the context of trauma work.
  • Learn to listen and respond to change talk.
  • Ensure that focus on the future is not used incorrectly in the context of the work with traumatized clients. Often, people who have suffered trauma may have a great deal of difficulty looking into the future.
  • Learn how to use MI when working on stabilizing clients.
  • Acquire other skills including rolling with resistance, using controlled empathy, developing discrepancy and reflective listening.

Course Details

  • In-depth narrated interactive course presentation
  • Downloadable student manual for your personal and workplace use
  • Final quiz requiring a passing grade of 80%
  • Estimated course time: 14 hours
  • Certificate of completion
  • 160 day access (extendable within 12 months)
  • Required Course Readings -Motivational Interviewing After Trauma (Manual for Course TI-104)
  • Continuing education credit if available*

Course Price: $79 CAD plus applicable taxes

I already feel like I have found a new “home” where I can do my own learning in a structured way. I applaud you and your colleagues for the work you do. I’m loving the material so far. Angela Powell, South Australia’s Rape and Sexual Assault Service, Australia

Our Dedication to Your Success

We’re dedicated to your success. If you are not satisfied with our trauma healing courses, we will give you a full refund within 10 days of your purchase.

Register for course TI-104 OR for the complete designations, Click Clinical Traumatologist or Community & Workplace Traumatologist.

Organizations that Recognize Traumatology Institute Programs

    • American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS)*
    • Board of Behavioral Sciences – California*
    • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association*
    • Canadian Psychological Association*
    • Green Cross Academy of Traumatology*
    • National Association of Social Workers*
    • National Center for Crisis Management*
    • U.S. Psychiatric & Mental Health Congress*
    • International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)*

*Separate application required.

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