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Introduction to CMI (CME)

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Welcome to the online training program in Comprehensive Motivational Interventions (CMI). CMI is a set of highly structured, evidence-informed, stepped-care self-management support tools and techniques based on the principles and practice of Motivational Interviewing and behavior and health system change.

Overview of Methods, Media and Time Commitment
“CMI Core Competencies,” a course developed by Steven Cole with contributions from Mary Cole, Damara Gutnick, and Connie Davis, will teach you eight basic competencies to use “Brief Action Planning,” (BAP), a practical motivational and self-management support technique for everyday practice. The course consists of approximately eight hours of multi-modal learning: online self-directed reading; three online interactive quizzes with feedback for incorrect answers; three high definition annotated video demonstration of skills; three real-world field exercises to practice and consolidate skills; and an online final exam, which is also interactive with feedback for incorrect answers. 

Steven Cole, MD, MA, (Sociology), Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, is Board Certified in psychiatry with added qualifications in geriatric psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. He has over 40 years of clinical, research, and training experience in medical communication and the doctor-patient relationship. He co-authored one of the leading textbooks on medical interviewing: The Medical Interview: The Three Function Approach (Third Edition, Elsevier, 2014) and is a member of MINT, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. This online program introduces learners to Brief Action Planning (BAP), first developed around 2004 by Dr. Cole with assistance from Mary Cole, RN, MSN, FNP, BC, (Adjunct Faculty, Stony Brook University School of Nursing); and developed into its current formulation with contributions from Damara Gutnick, MD, (Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine and Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine and a member of MINT); Connie Davis RN, MN, GNP, BC, (Adjunct Faculty University of British Columbia and also a member of MINT); and Kathy Reims, MD, (Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center).

Navigating the Online Course
The course is built around an online, automated, interactive learning program, which includes written materials, video demonstrations of all the skills covered, three online quizzes, and three field exercises. We recommend that you advance through the course systematically using the “Click Here to Continue” button at the bottom of each consecutive page. However, you can also choose to use the links found to the right of each page to navigate around the course and review course content in the manner that best suits your personal learning style.

Note: The online program will not bookmark where you left off in the course.

Logging In
Log in or out of the course anytime using the form found at the bottom left of each page. You should have received an email with your individual Username and Password. Keep this information handy. Bookmark this page in your browser to ensure a quick way back to your course. To proceed, you must be registered and logged in.

Originally released on June 1, 2011. Most recent update completed May 1, 2014. The use of these modules for CME expires on April 30, 2017.


The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Hours

The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, designates this enduring material internet activity for a total of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

In compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support of CME, all those in control of the CME content of activities provided by the School of Medicine are expected to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest that may have a direct relationship to the subject matter of their educational activity.

The following author, other content contributors, planners, reviewers and the CME provider have no relevant financial interest or other relationship, a provider of commercial products or services discussed in the educational activity or that have directly supported the CME activity through an educational grant: Steven Cole, MD, MA; Mary Cole, RN, MSN, FNP, BC; Damara Gutnick, MD; Connie Davis, RN, MN, GNP, BC; Kathy Reims, MD; Dorothy Lane, MD, MPH.

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