Motivational Interviewing

Jointly sponsored by Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Learning Objectives

After participating in this CME activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define MI and its relevance in the homeless health care setting for promoting patient change
  • Describe techniques necessary for effective MI encounters
  • Practice MI techniques in simulated HCH setting
  • Plan personal use/incorporation of MI techniques in actual HCH setting
  • List current questions regarding use of MI techniques in actual HCH setting(s)
  • Rate self knowledge of MI techniques and their use in HCH settings.

Target Audience

This training is primarily designed for physicians, psychiatrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, mental health and substance abuse counselors providing outreach and care for persons experiencing homelessness. Additionally, any employee or volunteer of an HCH network agency such as front desk or office staff would also benefit from this training.


  • Course Director: Jule West, MD, Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
  • Planner and Speaker: John Petroskas, BA, JD, Outreach Worker, Catholic Charities Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • Planner and Speaker: Jan Caughlan, MSW, LCSW-C, Director of Mental Health and Social Work, Health Care for the Homeless, Inc., Baltimore
  • Planner and Speaker: Jason Albertson, LCSW, Homeless Outreach Team Supervisor, San Francisco Homeless Outreach Team
  • Planner and Speaker: Amy Grassette, Chair, National Consumer Advisory Board
  • Planner: Victoria Raschke, MA, Director of Technical Assistance and Training, National Health Care for the Homeless Council

Faculty Disclosure

It is the policy of the ACCME and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine to require disclosure of financial relationships from individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity; to identify and resolve conflicts of interest related to those relationships; and to make disclosure information available to the audience prior to the CME activity.  Presenters are required to disclose discussions of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentations.

No one in a position to influence the content of this enduring material has a financial relationship to disclose.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. Vanderbilt University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support

This enduring material received no commercial support.

Method of Participation

This enduring material consists of video instruction, written materials, and a post-test requiring approximately 3.0 hours of your time.

To obtain CME credit for your participation in this activity, you must:

  • take the course
  • watch all presentations and complete the related activities
  • click on the link to the Vanderbilt CME website at the end of the course
  • complete the post-test with a passing score of at least 80%
  • evaluate the activity
  • your credit will be immediately available online

Personal information is used for issuing a CME credit certificate and storing that credit in the Vanderbilt CME database.

The release and termination dates for this enduring material are January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

Hardware/software requirements

Internet access, QuickTime Player.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact Victoria Raschke at