October 2018

Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents in Primary Care: The Basics

Education, Youth, and Families, Health and Well-Being

Jointly provided by the Washington Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and Cardea

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About this Independent Study

Expiration Date: This activity was originally released on October 19, 2018 and was last reviewed/updated on January 21, 2020.

Motivational interviewing is a useful counseling approach for supporting positive behavioral change among adolescent patients. This course provides an overview of motivational interviewing for the primary care provider. It focuses on the spirit and principles of motivational interviewing, and provides examples of motivational interviewing strategies.

Who Should Attend

Physicians, nurse practitioners, behavioral health specialists, behavioral health nurses and physician assistants, and social workers who work with adolescents.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this activity, you will be able to:

  • Explain the fundamental spirit and principles of Motivational Interviewing
  • Describe the Motivational Interviewing approach to assessing readiness for change
  • Describe the Motivational Interviewing approach to building motivation and confidence for change


Nicholas Weiss, MD is a PAL (Partnership Access Line) Program Consultant for Seattle Children’s Hospital. PAL supports primary care providers (doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants) with questions about mental health care such as diagnostic clarification, medication adjustment or treatment planning.


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