What is BAP?

BAP is a pragmatic, evidence-informed, and versatile MI-consistent tool designed to support patient self-management and facilitate health behavior change.

BAP: Core Competencies
(Online Course)

Demonstration videos, quizzes, and field exercises in six online modules. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits available through Stony Brook University

BAP-MI: Advanced Skills
(Online Course)

A Stepped-Care Approach to Health Behavior Change
American Psychiatric Association, Learning Center

The Medical Interview, 3rd Edition

The Medical Interview by Drs. Steven A. Cole and Julian Bird equips you to communicate effectively with your patients so you can provide optimal care! This best-selling widely adopted resource presents a practical systematic approach to honing your basic interviewing skills and managing common challenging communicating situations. Its Three-Function Approach – “Build the Relationship ” “Assess and Understand ” and Collaborative Management” offers straightforward tasks behaviors and skills that can be easily mastered making this an ideal learning tool for beginners and a valuable reference for experienced healthcare professionals.

New to this edition
  • Easily apply proven techniques with help from supportive case examples and actual interview questions.
  • Get the skills you need now with new chapters covering advanced topics and applications including “Presentation and Documentation,” nonverbal communication, using psychological principles in medical practice, and integrating structure and function.
  • Quickly review information with summary tables, boxes and bulleted lists.
  • Get access on the go with the fully searchable text online at Student Consult, including cost-free access to a specially customized, interactive web-based Module on Brief Action Planning (BAP), a key component of the web-based, interactive Comprehensive Motivational Interventions (CMI)™ e-learning platform.

Preview: 4th Edition

Cole S, Frankel R, Bird J, Skeff K:
The Medical Interview: The Three Function Approach to Relationship Centered Care (Fourth Edition), Elsevier, 2023 in press

Watch Video:

ZOOM Presentation on 4th Edition (Function Three)

Online Courses

Self-directed online courses in BAP Core Competencies include high definition video demonstrations, real-world field exercises and self-assessment quizzes.

Sample BAP Videos

Watch five minute video demonstrations of core and advanced skills

Enhanced BAP Training

Available through integrated ZOOM teleconference/webinars

• designed for ACGME Residency & Fellowship Training Programs
• online, self-directed course supplemented by four (live) ZOOM Webinars
• meets ACGME “Interpersonal Skills” Core Competencies


Take the CME version of BAP: Core Competencies and receive 8 Hours CME credits from the Stony Brook Office of Continuing Medical Education