CE Course: The Power to Motivate - An Intensive Course in Motivational Interviewing

The Power to Motivate

Course description

Why do some patients follow your home care regimen and others don’t?
Why do some people still smoke if they know it’s unhealthy?
What can you do to empower your patients to change?

Experience has shown that relying on a traditional patient education, where the practitioner provides advice and expects their patients to follow it, isn’t very effective. It often leaves practitioners feeling frustrated with both parties at an impasse. This paints a dismal picture, but there’s some hope. THERE IS MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING! Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based counseling style that taps into patients’ own motivations to make positive changes in their lives. This course has been designed with a user-friendly approach to improve your knowledge and confidence with motivational interviewing. No previous experience with MI is necessary.

Upon completion of this course, the practitioner will be able to:

  1. Describe the main differences between traditional patient education and the MI approach aimed at behavior change
  2. Describe the spirit and guiding principles of MI
  3. Describe both ambivalence and elicit change talk, and learn how to use these to collaborate with patient’s to change their oral health behavior
  4. Utilize importance, readiness to change, and confidence rulers to help guide conversations about change
  5. Identify MI strategies that can be used in practice
  6. Apply strategies to engage in effective motivational interviewing

5 live CE credits

Consists of 3 hours of interactive modules you can complete at your own pace any time, plus 2 hours live Zoom class session to enhance your learning by applying MI strategies. Online module format includes interactive animations, knowledge-checks, quizzes, discussions with peers, and interaction between the instructors and participants to guarantee answers to questions.


  • Online Module: The Power to Motivate: An Intensive Course in Motivational Interviewing
  • Module Release Date: January 5th, 2022 (This module must be completed by Wednesday, January 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm EST in order to attend the Zoom session)
  • Live Zoom Session:
    Wednesday, January 12, 2022: 7:00 - 9:00 pm EST

What course participants have said:

"I particularly enjoyed there being interactive videos and tutorials, which made for a very practical online learning experience."

"The presentation of material followed by check-ups, quizzes, and interactive models allowed for positive reinforcement of the topics being taught."

"Extremely applicable to dental hygiene continuing education."

"...comprehensive in scope, and delivered on providing very valuable and necessary information to clinicians."

Course fee: $98

Refund/Cancellation Policies

Payments are non-refundable and non-transferable to any other course. However, if a course was registered in error, a refund may be granted. The refund request must be made within 24 hours of registration and emailed to Toni DePena at toni@nyu.edu. If any courses are canceled by NYU, a full refund will be given; in that case, students will not need to request a refund. Partial refunds will not be granted for any missed sessions.

Meet the Instructor

Andrea Beall, RDH, Ed.D

This course will be taught by Dr. Andrea Beall, NYU College of Dentistry.

Andrea Beall, RDH, EdD is an Full-Time Cinical Assistant Professor at the NYU College of Dentistry. She teaches both clinical and didactic courses and has published numerous articles and presented at national conferences.

Her focus is on educational health research with a particular interest in motivational interviewing, health literacy, transformational learning, and interprofessional education. She is an active member of the American Dental Education and American Dental Education Association. She has practiced dental hygiene for over 25 years and has worked in Canada, Switzerland, and the United States.

New York University is designated as an approved Provider by the American Academy of Dental Hygiene, Inc. #AADHNYU (January 1, 2021 December 31, 2021). Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial Board of Dentistry.



Online modules developed by Andrea Beall, RDH, EdD; Danielle Mitnick, PhD; and Stefania Willis, RDH, MA, DMH — all of New York University College of Dentistry.


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