Motivational Interviewing: Brushing up on the Basics (1.5 CME)

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(1.5 CME) In this conference recording from the 2018 Annual Conference, you will learn about Motivational Interviewing (MI).  Detailed in Miller and Rollnick’s books (1991, 2002, 2013), MI has been transformational in medical care. Despite being released in 2013, the approach and spirit in the third edition has only very slowly made its way into the repertoire of most clinicians. Indeed, the new four process approach does not utilize even some of the most famous principles and skills from prior iterations. 

The dimensions of the Spirit of MI have been refined and expanded, consisting of partnership, acceptance, compassion, and evocation. In the conversation toward change, MI utilizes four Processes: engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning. MI concepts are easy to understand, but use requires continual practice and skill refinement. This session seeks to build upon familiar concepts in MI and update those with the latest terminology, understanding, uses, and skills in MI using a combination of didactic and interactive large and small group sessions to practice various aspects of the approach.

Carla Marienfeld, MD, DFAPA, FASAM

Physician UC San Diego, California

Carla Marienfeld, MD, is a board-certified addiction psychiatrist and Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Diego who supports recovery through therapy, motivational interviewing, and medication treatment. Her research looks at health outcomes for individuals with substance use disorders, and she published a book Motivational Interviewing for Clinical Practice. She has been highly involved in education of colleagues and trainees about addiction psychiatry and effective interventions including buprenorphine treatment and motivational interviewing, and she is the fellowship director for the UCSD Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship. Dr. Marienfeld completed a fellowship in addiction psychiatry and residency training in psychiatry at Yale. During her residency, she was chief resident of psychiatry and founded (and later led) the Yale Global Mental Health Program as junior faculty at Yale. She earned a medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Petros Levounis


Dr. Levounis is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University where he studied chemistry and biophysics before receiving his medical education at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Medical College of Pennsylvania. During medical school, he received an MA degree in sociology from Stanford before moving to New York City where he trained in psychiatry at Columbia University. He graduated from Columbia receiving the National Institute of Mental Health Outstanding Resident Award and went on to complete his fellowship in addiction psychiatry at New York University. From 2002 to 2013, he served as director of the Addiction Institute of New York.
Dr. Levounis has written numerous articles and monographs; has lectured extensively on addiction topics throughout the United States and abroad; and has been interviewed by all major television networks. Dr. Levounis serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and from 2005 to 2009 chaired the national Committee on Addiction Treatment of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Levounis is a Betty Ford Scholar, a recipient of a U.S. State Department Speaker and Specialist Award, a distinguished fellow of the APA and ASAM, and an honorary member of the World Psychiatric Association. 

Dr. Levounis has published thirteen books including the self-help paperback “Sober Siblings: How to Help Your Alcoholic Brother or Sister—and Not Lose Yourself,” the textbook of “Substance Dependence and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Disorders,” “The Behavioral Addictions,” “Motivational Interviewing for Clinical Practice,” “Becoming Mindful,” and the “Office-Based Buprenorphine Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder,” now in its second edition. His books have been translated into German, Hungarian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish. 

Dr. Levounis is married to actor Lukas Hassel and lives in New York City.

Natassia Gaznick


Natassia Gaznick, MD, PhD, is an NIMH-funded research-track resident in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University where she studied Biology before embarking on a two-year research fellowship at the Mayo Clinic under the NIH-sponsored Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program geared at increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in the sciences. Dr. Gaznick graduated medical school from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine NIH-funded Medical Scientist Training Program with an MD and PhD. She obtained a PhD in Neuroscience where she focused on the neurobiology of addiction as well as general impulsivity with special interest in the basal ganglia and insula. During that time she was awarded an NIH-sponsored Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. Her academic interests include integration of psychotherapy into the current climate of psychiatric practice, promotion of underrepresented minorities in medicine and the sciences, wellness, physician mental health, and the neurobiology and treatment of addictions.

ACCME Accredited with Commendation

ACCME Accreditation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The American Society of Addiction Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s).  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABPM Maintenance of Certification (MOC)

The American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.5 LLSA credits towards ABPM MOC Part II requirements.

ABAM Transitional Maintenance of Certification (tMOC)

This course has been approved by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM). Physicians enrolled in the ABAM Transitional Maintenance of Certification Program (tMOC) can apply a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for completing this course.


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CME Quiz
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CME Evaluation
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CME Credit and Certificate
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Up to 1.50 medical credits available  |  Certificate available 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™