Motivational Interviewing

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. -Miller & Rollnick, Motivational Interviewing, 3rd ed.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a widely studied and effective way to help people change. Learn MI in workshops from our practicing clinicians: nurses and physicians with real world experience.

Dr Gutnick shares a personal story about using motivational interviews to work with a patient in her practice.

Learning Motivational Interviewing is like learning how to swim: time is spent out of the pool learning the what, why, and how but the most valuable time is spent practicing and receiving feedback on practice.  As with any new skill, you build on what you already know.  Many clinicians begin with basic skills that involve active listening and appreciating the expertise people have about their own lives.  Most people practice with other staff and try out skills with patients as opportunities arise.  Workbooks, exercises, coaching and practice over time all improve MI skills.

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Motivational interviewing skills are a valuable resource and are best optimized as part of a larger system of self-management support.  Those in primary care settings know well that patients have different needs when it comes to change.  Some patients who are ready for change benefit from BAP, others need more support through the change process and benefit from MI skills and still others have additional challenges that are better served with more advanced behavioral health skills.  Understanding your population and then systematically building your system to support behavior change is time well spent.

Our interest is in providing practical approaches that can be sustained in practice settings.

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Motivational Interviewing: A Conversation Style to Improve Engagement

Patients as Partners Knowledge-Building Webinar presented by CCMI

Presented on: Thursday February 12th, 2015

Motivational interviewing is a person-centred conversation style that helps to engage the person and increase their own motivation. One of the key strengths of motivational interviewing is the emphasis on the person’s priorities, values and interests.

The principles of motivational interviewing have been successfully applied for about 30 years in a variety of fields that require behavior or lifestyle changes. These principles are especially important as part of a self-management system for people with chronic conditions.

For more information please watch the webinar below presented by Connie Davis, co-director of CCMI. The webinar covers the following topics:
• Motivational interviewing as an approach to improve engagement and increase motivation
• The underlying “Spirit” of Motivational Interviewing
• The four processes of motivational interviewing – engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning


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