Motivational Interviewing Health Coaching Intensive

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Organization Type: 
For Profit
Program Type: 
Standing Program
Education Level: 
Postgraduate (e.g., residency, fellowship)
Continuing Education
Technical certificate programs or certificate training programs
Educational Elements: 
Independent Study
Self Reflection Activities
Experiential not including services to patients
Experiential including clinical contact with patients
Other Element(s): 
Submission of health coaching sample
Assessment of practitioner proficiency in evidence-based health coaching practice using a validated, standardized tool
Delivery of a report to practitioner and an individual feedback/coaching session with a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Health Care Specialist
Program Description: 

For individuals and organizations interested in a self-directed, online option, HealthSciences offers a Motivational Interviewing (MI) Health Coaching Intensive Program. It is ideal for participants who prefer a self-directed learning option, practicing new skills as they are learned and avoiding travel and lodging fees. This option is also a great fit for smaller organizations that do not meet the team requirement of 25 for an in-house workshop, or, organizations of any size that bring in new employees coming onboard throughout the year. This is the first MI health coaching distance learning program of its kind designed, developed and evaluated by a team of doctoral-level experts in online learning, health psychology and medical psychology, and MI health coaching. It is an “asynchronous” learning program (i.e., it may be started and completed within a six to twelve week period on a rolling basis.) Learners can view learning presentations, study course materials, complete learning activities, as well as participate in team activities and the learning forum at their own convenience.

The MI Intensive Health Coaching Program curriculum is similar to the two-day workshop - the innovative format allows for a greater focus on building proficiency through small team activities, giving / receiving feedback based on participant-submitted work samples, webinars organized around the new Miller & Rollnick health coaching framework, and readings and activities from the CCP Health Coach Program's Module 4. Although it may be completed without CCP, it closely tracks and builds on CCP content to help learners apply the fundamental components of population health, chronic care and lifestyle management for all team members working across the care continuum. Ideally, the program is completed at the tail-end of the CCP program for an integrated, seamless learning experience. The MI Intensive program is a new alternative to the RHC workshop requirement.

The advanced action-learning framework of the distance learning program has been carefully designed to support competency development and transfer of learning to the job. Case studies are used to address key objectives and challenges in  telephonic and face-to-face health coaching (e.g., improving patient engagement, self-care, adherence and lifestyle management will be offered.) CCP is a recommended, but not required prerequisite. This workshop meets a core training requirement for becoming a Registered Health Coach.

The program fee includes one final proficiency assessment and individual feedback/coaching session (at no additional cost) as required for Registered Health Coach (RHC-I).  Participants who complete all learning activities will receive a certificate of completion, while those who have completed the other learning requirements for RHC (CCP and the MI Webinar Series) and demonstrate minimum  proficiency in MI Health Coaching as measured by the validated Health Coaching Performance Assessment (HCPA) will be awarded Registered Health Coach (RHC) status.

The Motivational Interviewing (MI) Health Coaching Distance Learning Program is a self-paced, self-directed, 30-hour, six-week program designed for clinical and non-clinical members of the health care team. It is an "asynchronous" learning program (i.e., it may be started and completed within a six to twelve week period.) One four-week course extension is allowed  and the extension must be requested within 12 weeks of registration. New registrants for this program are accepted anytime.

Program Results: 

Numerous clinical studies show that proficiency in motivational interviewing (MI) is required to deliver better patient outcomes. While most workshops, online training programs, books and DVDs can be helpful in building knowledge of MI theory or techniques, MI requires a complex skill set. Studies find that proficiency requires three components: 1) knowledge-building; 2) skills practice; and 3) assessment of skills using  actual health coaching sample via a standardized, validated too l-- and feedback and coaching with an expert in MI. This program incorporates these three components.

The program features the Health Coaching Performance Assessment (HCPA), which has been cross-validated with the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) tool by health care services evaluator Dr. Ariel Linden. While the HCPA has been specifically designed for brief health coaching encounters typical in health care and also provides a detailed feedback report on various MI micro-skills and components, benchmarking practitioner against three levels of proficiency linked with the Registered Health Coach (RHC) certification model: RHC-I (Beginning); RHC-II (Intermediate); and RHC-III (Expert).  Participants in this program receive expert feedback via the HCPA report and a health coaching feedback and coaching session via telephone. Students who complete all training requirements for Registered Health Coach (CCP Health Coaching Certification & the MI Intensive Course) — and demonstrate proficiency in MI at the RHC-I level — are awarded RHC-I certification and are eligible for listing in the National Health Coach Registry at

A comparison of this program to a two-day MI health coaching workshop and three webinar-based follow-up sessions conducted in March of 2014 demonstrated that this program was superior to live training programs including practice activities and follow-up -- both delivered by twice NIH-funded, MINT member, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Sciences Medical School (and lead faculty for HealthSciences MI training programs). Following the MI Intensive program all 35 participants in the initial cohort achieved RHC-I-level or higher proficiency following the MI Intensive program, compared to 64% of practitioners in the workshop/webinar follow-up cohort. 

Targeted Professions
Family Medicine
Internal Medicine
Nurse Practitioners
Registered Nurses
Licensed Practical Nurses
Ambulatory Care
Internal Medicine
Social Work: 
Psychiatric social work
Medical social work
Clinical Health
Medical Assistants
Patient Educators
Physician Assistants
Oral Health
Case Managers
Health Coaches
Self-Reported Competencies
PCPCC’s Education and Training Task Force identified 16 interprofessional training competencies critical for preparing health professionals for practicing in team-based, coordinated care models such as patient-centered medical homes. Listed below are the self-reported competencies that this program has achieved, which have been organized by the five core features of a medical home as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Patient-Centered Care Competencies: 
Advocacy for patient-centered integrated care
Cultural sensitivity and competence in culturally appropriate practice
Development of effective, caring relationships with patients
Patient-centered care planning, including collaborative decision-making and patient self-management
Coordinated Care Competencies: 
Interprofessionalism & interdisciplinary team collaboration
Last updated July 21, 2014

* Please note: Information contained in this database is self-reported by representatives from each program. It does not represent an exhaustive list of education and training programs and inclusion does not constitute an endorsement from the PCPCC.


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