Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Healthcare Professionals

Aurora, Colorado
Friday, September 08, 2017

 8:00 am   Registration / Coffee & Tea Provided

8:30         Welcome / Announcements / Introductions

8:35         Health Behavior
                    Why it matters
                    Why people don’t do what is good for them
                    Roadblocks to change

9:45         Motivational Interviewing 101
                    What helps people change?
                    MI research and practice

10:30        Break

10:45         Active ingredients of change
                    OARS techniques
       Advanced Skills:  Directing the conversation
                    Characteristics of helpful interactions
                    Characteristics of good helpers
                    DARN CAT:  Self-motivational statements
                    Rolling with resistance
                    Responding to change talk

12:15pm   Lunch (provided)

12:45        Setting the Agenda
   Readiness Rulers
Matching techniques to the patient’s readiness for change

2:00         Advanced Skills:  Raising and lowering intensity
                    Crisis management and emotions
                    Engagement techniques

2:45         Break

3:00         Difficult Patients
                    Resistance and getting stuck
                    FRAMES Strategies
                    Personality, mental health, culture

4:00         Integration and Practice
                    Where can you use MI?
                    Identifying barriers to using MI in your practice
                    Developing the MI spirit and getting better

4:30         Wrap-up, discussion, evaluation

4:45         Adjourn

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  1. Articulate reasons why traditional methods used to change behavior don't work and list methods people use to change.
  2. Adopt attitudes and behaviors that are helpful in facilitating behavior change.
  3. Review the stages of change for health behavior and contrast helping techniques that are effective for different stages.
  4. Identify self-motivational statements made by patients and respond in a way that increases their 'change talk.'
  5. Apply specific techniques to raise or lower intensity that enhance clients' engagement.
  6. Summarize research about non-cognitive influences on behavior and respond effectively with difficult patients.
  7. Plan next steps for application of MI and future professional development with this approach.
  8. Integrate information about MI in a way that is useful for practice.

Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this educational activity:
  • Participants will self-report knowledge gained in MI and its implementation as an evidence based approach to supporting health behavior changes.  
  • Participants will self-report intent to change practice by applying at least one strategy to assist patients in self-managing symptoms and/or changing health behaviors.  


Contact Information

  • University of Colorado
    College of Nursing
    Office of Continuing Education

Payment Instructions

  • Preferred payment method is by credit card.

    If you need to pay by check, your registration will not be confirmed until your check is received in our office. Checks must be received by: 
    August 25, 2017

    Make check payable to: 
    Regents of the University of Colorado

    Remit payment to:  
    University of Colorado
    College of Nursing, Mail Stop C288-11
    13120 East 19th Ave.
    Aurora, CO 80045