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The Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment (MICA)


The MICA was developed to assess competence in MI and provide a quality improvement process for practitioners to cultivate their use of MI intentions and strategies. The MICA allows coders, coaches and/or practitioners to form easily digestible, structured, specific feedback along the dimenions of the MI intentions and MI strategies. Unlike other coding tools, the language of the MICA is more directed to helping practitioners cultivate and express their MI intentions and is not as "utterance-focused." Instead, the MICA focuses on helping practitioners convey MI intentions and skills conversationally.

This fast-paced, interactive course will introduce participants to the MICA and provide multiple practice opportunities to evaluate conversations along five MI intentions, two MI strategies, and two utterance categories. Participants will learn how to use the MICA for coaching purposes to help MI practitioners facilitate effective motivational conversations. Participants will engage in learning through webcasts, written materials, audio recordings, exercises, and practice opportunities.


Meet the Instructor


Ali Hall (JD) is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and an independent consultant and trainer. Ali has designed and facilitated over 900 Motivational Interviewing workshops for health care practitioners, behavioral health clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, and criminal/juvenile justice professionals, and provides training for trainers in evidence-based practices. Ali offers MI coding and skill development coaching, and provides consultation to systems for effective MI implementation.



  • Week 1: The MICA: A Birds' Eye View
  • Week 2: Applying the MICA Intentions and Strategies: An Effective Motivational Conversation
  • Week 3: Applying the MICA Intentions and Strategies: Ineffective Motivational Conversations
  • Week 4: Applying the MICA for Coding and Coaching: Moving Toward Effective Motivational Conversations
  • Week 5: MICA Coding and Coaching: Using the Coaching Report and Sentence Stem Format



Certificates of Completion are awarded to participants who have attended the all five, live webcasts (or watched the webcast recording in their entirety), completed all required learning activities, scored higher than 80% on each weekly quiz, completed the course evaluation form, and the certificate request form. 10 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded upon completion of this course through ASWB and NAADAC. 6 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded upon completion of this course through NBCC. Certificates will be emailed directly to participants roughly two weeks after the completion of the final webcast.



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Center for Social Innovation, Provider #1457, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. The Center for Social Innovation maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/17/2017 to 10/17/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 10 continuing education clock hours.

Center for Social Innovation has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6576. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Center for Social Innovation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This course has been approved by the Center for Social Innovation, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100990, The Center for Social Innovation is responsible for all aspects of their programing.