Workshop: Motivational Interviewing: An empirically-based humanistic journey to improve health

Antoine Doueihy, MD

Lifestyle choices and chronic conditions are now the biggest threats to public health and sustainable health care costs. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with a particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion” (Miller & Rollnick, 2013). MI is an empirically supported practice for a wide variety of patients and conditions that originated in the drug and alcohol field. However, there are now more than 300 clinical trials that showed its efficacy and effectiveness in a wide range of culturally diverse populations and for a wide variety of target behaviors in the context of chronic medical problems, psychiatric disorders, medication adherence , diet and exercise, smoking cessation, treatment engagement and adherence, etc.

This workshop will provide participants with a strong understanding of the Spirit of MI and a core foundation of the basic skills. It is appropriate for all helping professionals who are working with people to make and sustain healthy behavioral changes: mental health professionals, physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors, health coaches/educators, dieticians, physician assistants, life coaches, etc. This workshop is appropriate for those with a minimal understanding of MI.


   Participants will:
• Become familiar with the empirical support for MI.
• Understand and demonstrate the spirit of MI.
• Become familiar through practice and role play with the core skills of MI