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.
• 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