Motivational Interviewing (MI): Moving Clients Through the Process of Change

December 2, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


1255 Amsterdam Avenue New York, NY 10027

Event Organizer

Social Work Office of Professional Excellence (SWOPE)


Motivational interviewing (MI) belongs to a category of evidenced-based interventions aimed at increasing clients’ commitment to change. It draws on strategies from client-centered counseling, cognitive therapy, and a strengths perspective, and focuses on building intrinsic motivation for change, through exploring and resolving ambivalence. While initially developed to address problem drinking, over the past 25 years, motivational interviewing has been applied to a wide range of populations and behavioral change areas, and the efficacy of this practice model has been demonstrated in numerous clinical trials involving comparisons to other models. Robust scientific evidence has shown support for Motivational Interviewing in working in such areas as smoking cessation, medication adherence, nutrition and fitness, elder care, and the rehabilitation of persons with various disabilities allowing participants from a wide range of professional practice to gain and apply MI skills. Over the last two decades, CSSW has been a leader in the instruction of MI.


Dr. Andrew Hamid holds an MSW (Toronto), M.Mus (Royal Conservatory) and PhD in Social Work & Psychology (Michigan). He has extensive clinical and supervisory experience in the field of substance abuse. He has been on the faculty of the Columbia School of Social Work for over 20 years where he teaches primarily on substance abuse, motivational interviewing (MI) and international health and social development. At Columbia’s Medical School, he teaches MI and health behavior change. Over the past two decades, Dr. Hamid has been actively involved in delivering professional development workshops to Human Service agencies across the US and Canada on the application of MI to a wide range of client populations. More recently, he has been engaged in facilitating workshops on the cultural adaptability of Motivational Interviewing in various parts of the developing world.

For more information and to register for the event, please click here. 6.5 contact hours are available for NYS, NJ and CT Licensed Social Workers. Licensed Social Workers for other states, please refer to your state licensing agency and email This event is also open to the public.