5 Hour Motivational Interviewing Course

This self-study virtual course fulfills the 5 hours of "Communication Skills" required to become an IBCLC or to re-certify as an IBCLC

The mid adult woman with a baby in her arms gestures as she shares her struggles with her female therapist.

Motivational Interviewing for the lactation professional!

How we communicate with our clients is important. Using communication techniques that promote respect and autonomy can greatly increase the ability of different types of people to find commonalities.

Motivational Interviewing is a communication style that allows each client to reveal their unique situation and have the health care provider respond in a way that is genuine and tailored to that particular mother and baby. Everyone wants to be understood. Avoiding common mistakes such as making false assumptions are avoided when we allow each client to tell their story in their own way.

Course Objectives


The learner will be able to identify three areas where communication commonly breaks down.


The learner will be able to define what Motivational Interviewing is and how it can be helpful in helping mothers reach their breastfeeding goals.


The learner will be able to utilize two of the four elements of Motivational Interviewing and explain how they relate to lactation help.


Meet Your Instructor

This course was created by Master Educator, Barbara D. Robertson, MA, IBCLC, LLL who has been practicing and learning about Motivational Interviewing for over 10 years.

This Course Covers These Basic MI Skills


The spirit and purpose of Motivational Interviewing


OARS: Open ended questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries


Rolling with resistance


Offering Information in a respectful way

Motivational Interviewing can be studied for a lifetime! This is a introduction to the concepts and techniques that can you become a better practitioner.

Course Details

Cost is $69 for 5 L-CERPs
9 lessons
3 assignments
1 quiz
Fulfills 5 hours "communication skills" required to become or re-certify as an IBCLC
You will have access to the course for 6 weeks after your purchase