This training is for helping professionals who are in the role of counseling clients/patients to make and sustain healthy behavior changes. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered, guiding method of communication and counseling to elicit and strengthen intrinsic motivation for positive health behavior change. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, over 200 clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of MI across a range of populations, target behaviors, and medical conditions. At its core, MI is not a unique or entirely new approach, but a combination of principles, skills and strategies drawn from existing models of counseling and behavior change theory. Embracing an interpersonal style based on empathy, collaboration and acceptance, the MI practitioner relies heavily on the use of strategic reflective listening as a means of eliciting clients’ strengths, inner wisdom, reasons for change, and ways of achieving it.
Eligible for 7 CE hours.