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SA 600 Enhanced Motivation for Change


This course provides a comprehensive overview of studies, research, and dynamics related to Substance Abuse Counseling and Motivation. Students study many facets of Substance Abuse Counseling, as well as major theories, process models, cultural issues, and other related content regarding motivation. Specifically this course reviewed enhancing motivation for change in substance abuse treatment.  Progression in the course follows motivating the client to succeed in treatment. This course provides for scientific inquiry into substance abuse counseling and motivational techniques and theories. Key chapters focus on the theory Motivational Interviewing (MI), the use of MI and Interventions, the 5 stages of MI change, and several tests and measures for screening and Assessment are appendixed.

Course Code: SA 600.

Contact hours of continuing education = 25.

Instructor/Course Author: John Pitselos, Ph.D., CAP, CMHP

Link to Resume: Resume

TEXTBOOKS: There is one (1) required textbook for this course.

Both the electronic and print copy are free.

MOTIVATIONAL ENHANSEMENT – Motivational techniques for Substance Abuse treatment.

Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment. Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series, No. 35. HHS Publication No. (SMA) 13-4212. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 1999 (Electronic Access and Printed Copies

PDF Download from AIHCP. 

  • This publication may be ordered from or downloaded from SAMHSA’s Publications Ordering Web page at Or, please call SAMHSA at 1-877-SAMHSA-7 (1-877-726-4727) (English and Español). )

TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete this course. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the course within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an “incomplete” will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the course after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.

GRADINGYou must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 25 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by AIHCP and will be permitted one more attempt to retake the online examination.


The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is an Approved Provider for Continuing Education by the South Carolina Professional Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists licensing board, Provider # 4637. Access information

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 25 Contact Hours. Access information

Course Refund & AIHCP Policies: access here


  • Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as “open book” tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.
  • Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page “Student Resource Center.” The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.
  • Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.
  • Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor’s online resume/biography, as well as your instructor’s specific contact information.
  • Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional “readings” and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use new skills to motivate clients:
    • Effective Motivational Interventions in Substance Abuse Treatment.
    • Motivational Intervention and Stages of Change
  • Understand 5 Principals of Motivational Interventional Interviewing
  • Update current skills and refresh previous learning.
  • Gain a wider perspective of current focus on motivations. Self-Efficacy, Readiness, Decisional Balancing
  • Understand theories behind applications.
  • Understand the roll of motivation in Substance Abuse and Substance Abuse Treatment.
  • Apply theories to current work: a Transtheoretical Model of Stages of Change
  • Identify and use Stages of Change: Pre-contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Getting Started, Action and Maintenance in Substance Abuse Treatment.
  • Have access to some tests and measures. 


A brief abstract of content:

A brief abstract of content: A Transtheoretical Model of change is reviewed. It focuses on Motivation, Motivational Interviewing and Tailoring Motivational Interviewing to the Stages of Change (Pre-contemplation, Contemplation, Preparation, Getting Started, Action and Maintenance) Measuring, monitoring and enhancing a client motivation is discussed. Direct focus on motivation in any type of treatment modality is suggested.

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