Guiding Behavior Change through Motivational Interviewing

1.5 Training Contact Hours

Motivational Interviewing is a communication technique that is specifically designed to resolve ambivalence about, and build motivation for behavior change. In other words, motivational interviewing can help us help clients better understand their reasons for and against change. It can help our clients make informed decisions about whether or not to change and to feel more invested in the decision. Motivational Interviewing does not provide clients with solutions or problem solving until they have made the decision to change.


Randi Love, PhD, MCHES

Dr. Love has worked in the College of Public Health at The Ohio State University since 1997. She teaches in the undergraduate and master's programs. She is also program director for the Program for Experienced Professionals, a weekend master's program for working professionals in public health. Dr. Love has worked in the field of public health for 30 years in a variety of areas including HIV, substance abuse prevention, college health, community development, workforce development and emergency preparedness. She received her bachelor's degree in human development from Ohio Wesleyan University and her master's and PhD in community health education from The Ohio State University. She is an adjunct professor in the OSU College of Social Work. She currently serves on the boards of several non-profits, including the AIDS Resource Center of Ohio, Amethyst Inc. and Win-Win Academy and is the president for the Ohio Public Health Association. Dr. Love has made several presentations and authored several articles. Outside of her busy schedule, Dr. Love enjoys distance running, biking and reading fiction.

Recent Presentations:

  1. National Service Coordinators Conference, 2012, ‘Literacy Matters’, ‘Let’s Get It On: Sexuality and the Older Adult,’ Motivational Interviewing’
  2. Ohio Public Health Conference, 2012, ‘HIV: 30 Years and Counting’
  3. Health Educators’ Institute, 2011, ‘HIV: 30 Years and Counting’
  4. Health Educators’ Institute, 2010, ‘Healthy Corner Store Initiative”
  5. Ohio Public Health Conference, 2011, “Did You Get Your Flu Shot?”
  6. Ohio Public Health Conference, 2009, ‘Taking the Classroom Into the Community’
  7. Ohio Public Health Combined Conference, 2006, ‘Families Together: Working With Incarcerated Populations.’
  8. Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2006, “Understanding Adolescent Religiosity and Sexual Behavior’



Kerr, Z, Grafsky, E, Miller, K. & Love, R. (2011). Stressors and coping strategies for HIV-test counselors giving rapid HIV test results: An exploratory qualitative study. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. 25(8). 483-491.

Love, R. (2007). Access to healthy food in a low income urban community: A service learning experience. Public Health Reports 123(2), 244-247.

Scott, SK; Rabito, RA; Butler, NN; Swartzbaum, JA; Jackson, BM; Love, RL; Harris, RE (2006). Comorbidity among the morbidly obese: A comparative study of 2002 US hospital patient discharges. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases  2, 105-111.


  1. List the stages of change.
  2. List the principles of motivational interviewing.
  3. Identify at least three forms of reflective listening.
  4. Define "change talk."

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Post Test (which requires a score of 100%) and then the Module Evaluation, followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.