Motivational Interviewing During Patient Care—Supporting Positive Oral Self-care Behaviors

As an oral healthcare provider, you work with patients every day to address their oral health concerns & behavior. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based counseling approach to help support patients who struggle with health behavior change. The spirit of MI is collaborative, non-judgmental, and honors the autonomy of the patient. Learn how to integrate MI into your daily practice with our engaging presenter.
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How to complete this course

  1. Watch the video.
How to receive CE credit
  1. Register for the course. Course Number CF3023.
  2. Complete your brief quiz and course evaluation.
  3. Receive a Certificate of Completion via email.


Learn How To

  • Define motivational interviewing (MI)
  • Describe the “Spirit of MI”
  • Identify MI principles
  • Explain the MI guiding strategies and rules
  • Discuss the MI process
  • Describe brief motivational interviewing (BMI)
  • Learn the application of BMI in a dental setting 

Additional Resources

Center for Evidence-Based Practices at Case Western Reserve University: Motivational Interviewing Information

Training Methods

Electronically mediated: illustrated lectures, case studies

Credits and Fees




1.5 hours

Minnesota Credits

1.5 Fundamental Credit Hours

Includes CORE Subject Areas:

  • Diagnosis & Treatment Planning
  • Patient Communication


Michelle Arnett, RDH, BS, MS, Assistant Professor, Division of Dental Hygiene, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Michelle graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) School of Dentistry in 2004 with her certification in Dental Hygiene and a Bachelor of Science. She began working in private clinical practice and had a fulfilling clinical career for ten years before pursuing a graduate degree. Michelle’s interest in education and research led her to the University of Michigan (U-M) School of Dentistry where she obtained a Master of Science in Dental Hygiene (MSDH) in 2016. She taught in the U-M entry-level and degree-completion DH programs, she was a clinical research coordinator, and practicing dental hygienist in the U-M Department of Graduate Periodontics. She joined the University of Minnesota in 2018 as a Tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Primary Dental Care.

Additional Details

Recorded: April 23, 2020. Reviewed and launched: July 2020. Expiration date: 2023.

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