May 2019 – August 2019
Motivational interviewing is defined as, “a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence”. Initially, it was used to motivate patients who abused alcohol to modify their drinking behaviors. This has been extended to other areas where there is a requirement of change for positive impact e.g. compliance, good habits etc. The goal of motivational interviewing is to “help patients or person identify and change behaviors that place them at risk of developing health problems or that may be preventing optimal management of a chronic condition” . Recognizing the dynamics of an individual patient’s readiness to change behavior is integral to this approach. The goal of using motivational interviewing is to help patients or person or client move through the stages of readiness for change in dealing with risky or unhealthy behavior.
On course completion, the health providers should be able to:
- Recognize the motivation stage of the client/patient
- Describe key principles to engage for each motivational stage
- Formulate effective strategies that will increase the likelihood of positive health related outcomes.