Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults (CHES)

Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults (CHES)

This course is only for CHES professionals.

This new edition provides vital tools for helping young people open up about their struggles, explore alternatives, and make healthier choices. The authors show how to have productive conversations about behavior change with adolescents and young adults in any clinical context.

There are chapters on MI in groups and involving caregivers in treatment. The book also contains user-friendly worksheets, self-reflection exercises, and skill-building activities.


Building rapport with teenagers is notoriously difficult, often because adults struggle to understand their perspective and priorities. As someone who regularly teaches courses on counseling adolescents, I have found the ideas in this book absolutely critical in becoming a more effective therapist. I highly recommend this improved second edition, which should be required reading… - Jeremy Jewell, PhD, Dept. of Psychology. Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

17-Hour Program I.D. #SS114228_MIA17  CHES 17 Hours / MCHES 8 Hours

Sylvie Naar, PhD and Mariann Suarez, PhD, ABPP
Course Expiration Date: May-12-2026
Course Performance Indicators: 1.1.4, 2.2.4, 3.2.2, 6.1.2, 8.1.1, 10.4.2
Product Name

Book Only (2540)

Regular price $33.00 $33.00

17.25 CE Online Test Only (2541CHES)

Regular price $122.00

17.25 CE Book & Online Test (2542CHES)

Regular price $150.00

Book Details

Author Sylvie Naar, PhD and Mariann Suarez, PhD, ABPP
Year Published 2021
Edition 2nd Edition
Publisher Guilford Press
ISBN 978-1462546985
Format Paperback
Page Count 224
CDR Activity Numbers
  • 17.25 CE Online Test Only: 175582
  • 17.25 CE Book & Online Test: 175582

Course Objectives

CHES Competencies – 9 CHES hours

1.1.2 Identify Priority Populations

1.2.3 Conduct Literature reviews

1.3.3 Identify the social, cultural, economic, political, and environmental factors that impact the health and/or learning processes of the priority populations. 

4.1.8 Adopt or modify existing instruments for collecting data

MCHES Competencies – 8 MCHES hours

2.4.1 Develop an implementation plan inclusive of logic model, work plan, responsible parties, timeline, marketing, and communication.

4.4.2 Compare findings to other evaluations or studies

7.2.4 Plan training, including technical assistance and support. 

Upon successful completion, the users will be able to:

  1. Explain what motivational interviewing (MI) is and identify the four key elements. 
  2. Discuss adolescent and emerging adult development that influence a person’s acceptance of new ideas and habits.
  3. Describe the spirit of MI.
  4. Summarize how emphasizing autonomy to a young person is one of the most important skills in MI.
  5. Describe how to recognize and respond to counter-change talk and discord—give two examples.
  6. Explain how to recognize, reinforce, and elicit change talk.
  7. Identify and describe each of the processes of MI.

Recommended For...

Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Why We Chose This Book

Motivational Interviewing is accepted in counseling as a successful strategy for counseling. Its concepts can be more effective in facilitating change than mandating it to clients and patients. For practitioners who use these concepts with older patients, it may be a familiar transition in thinking to work with teens and young adults.

About the Author

Sylvie Naar, PhD, is Distinguished Endowed Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine. She is a trained pediatric health psychologist and has conducted health disparity research with minority youth since the 1990’s.

Mariann Suarez, PhD, ABPP, is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education at the University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine. She is a community clinical and pediatric psychologist, with specialization in child abuse and neglect.