HealthForumOnline Updates Online Continuing Education Course on Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Settings

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HealthForumOnline (HFO) updates its online continuing education (CE) course for mental health professionals and allied healthcare providers, Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Settings. This online CE course provides an overview of the goals of motivational interviewing, including basic techniques and clinical applications.

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While MI established itself in the addictions community first, it has become a proven clinical application across the disease continuum – whether used to promote disease prevention or adherence to thwart disease progression.

HealthForumOnline (HFO), a nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC) provider of convenient, cost-effective online continuing education (CE) for counselors, psychologists, social workers and allied healthcare providers is pleased to announce a recent update to its CE course entitled, Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Settings, to its extensive library of over 100 online CE courses for mental health professionals.

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a client-centered, directive and empathetic interviewing style that aims to enhance intrinsic motivation to change by identifying and highlighting client ambivalence (1). MI has been defined as a “collaborative person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change.”

While MI established itself in the addictions community first, it has become a proven clinical application across the disease continuum – whether used to promote disease prevention or adherence to thwart disease progression (2). For example, MI is effective in preventing childhood obesity (3), facilitating diabetes management (4), enhancing emotional adjustment post-stroke (5), increasing adherence to antiretroviral therapy for HIV (6), and influencing behavior change in substance abusers (e.g., 7) and smokers (8). Providers using MI report better clinical communication without apparent detriments to time management.

HFO’s newly updated online CE course reviews the theory behind MI, as well as practical techniques and strategies for clinicians to use in a variety of healthcare settings. An overview of the goals of MI from the clinician’s perspective, including a consideration of the “spirit” of MI and when MI is therapeutically appropriate are presented. Key clinician behaviors (e.g., reflective listening) that are important to the effective implementation of MI, as well as the structure of MI sessions are illustrated. Using a variation of MI developed by Rollnick for use in primary healthcare settings, the course addresses how the clinician can both assess and motivate client change using a brief motivational intervention.

1. Miller, W.R. & Rollnick, S. (2002). Motivational interviewing: Preparing people for change, 2nd Edition. New York: Guilford.

2. Miller, W.R. & Rose, G.S. (2009). Toward a theory of motivational interviewing. American Journal of Psychology, 64(6), 27-37.

3. Schwartz, R.P., et al. (2007). Office-based motivational interviewing to prevent childhood obesity: a feasibility study. Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, 161(5), 495-501.

4. Channon, S.J., et al. (2007). A multicenter randomized controlled trial of motivational interviewing in teenagers with diabetes. Diabetes Care, 30(6), 1390-1395.

5. Watkins, C.L., et al. (2007). Motivational Interviewing Early After Acute Stroke: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Stroke, 38, 1004.

6. Holstad, M.M., DiIorio, C., & Magowe, M.K. (2006). Motivating HIV positive women to adhere to antiretroviral therapy and risk reduction behavior: the KHARMA Project. Online Journal Issues in Nursing, 11(1), 5.

7. Nyamathi, A., et al. (2010). Effect of motivational interviewing on reduction of alcohol use. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 107(1), 23-30.

8. Harris, K.J., et al. (2010). Motivational interviewing for smoking cessation in college students: A group randomized controlled trial. Preventive Medicine, 51, 387–393.

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