Motivational interviewing (MI) is a counseling method for enhancing an individual's internal motivation for positive behavior change through exploring and resolving ambivalence. With this approach, patients are effectively engaged in a discussion about their problematic behavior, typically stemming from behavioral health and other medical and psychological conditions. In this session, attendees will learn that by employing a person-centered counseling style, care providers at all levels can improve communication with patients, more effectively explore and address problematic behaviors, improve patients' medical and psychological health, and reduce their own work stress. This course is intended for individuals with a beginning or intermediate MI skill level.
- Describe the core motivational interviewing skills and processes.
- Recognize the signs of and demonstrate how to roll with patient resistance.
- Explain how to enhance a patient’s self-examination and motivation to change.
Clinical Specialist, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs,
Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)
Director, Information Resources and Outreach,
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