Guiding the Behavioral Change Process (Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio)

Jul 12, 2023

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a form of collaborative conversation designed to help strengthen a person's own motivation and commitment to change. The aims of motivational interviewing are to guide the person toward resolution of their ambivalence about the target behavior change, thus increasing motivation for behavior change and strengthening the commitment to that change. MI provides a framework in which to understand the ambivalence that frequently interferes with behavior change, and provides the busy practitioner with evidence-based methods for addressing this frequently misunderstood barrier to patient compliance/engagement.   MI is designated as an evidence-based practice, and is well-studied in both the behavioral and physical health fields.  MI is effective in short-term settings and in brief sessions.

This highly interactive workshop will provide an introduction and solid foundation in the basic principles and processes of MI, and it’s use as a brief intervention.  Through the use of video clips, case studies, large and small group activities and PowerPoint lecture, you will come away with a refreshed view of client engagement, specifics ways to collaborate effectively with your clients, and a transformed view of the “program resistant” client.

Course Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to define empathetic listening and recognize OARS.
  2. Participants will be able to define change talk in client statements.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the use of reflections in behavioral change work.
  4. Participants will be able to define ambivalence and recognize its function in behavioral change.
  5. Participants will be able to identify both ambivalence and change talk in client statements.

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