About 75 percent of all U.S. healthcare dollars are spent on preventable, chronic disease. It makes sense to shift from a disease-focused system to a health and wellness system, but most people find it difficult to take charge of their health by giving up behaviors that bring short-term rewards. However, with the right help and motivation, they can change and find lasting motivation for improving their health.

Motivational Interviewing: Peer Support for Behavioral Change provides an overview of Motivational Interviewing and its key strategies so learners can provide coaching and social support to their clients and patients. It provides scenarios to give practice and videos for modeling strategies. It is especially useful for promoting healthy lifestyle changes and chronic disease self-management, because the patient identifies what is meaningful to them and sets their own goals.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what Motivational Interviewing is.
  • Experience why it helps your clients change behaviors that aren't good for them.
  • Understand two types of motivation.
  • Understand the spirit behind Motivational Interviewing.
  • Understand how helping your client make one successful change opens the way toward more change and more success.
  • Know how to conduct a Motivational Interview.
  • Learn what not to do and how to recognize when you're using a technique that isn't effective or even makes the client distrust you.
  • Develop a method for getting better at Motivational Interviewing.


3 hours

Audience and Prerequisites

Motivational Interviewing: Peer Support for Behavioral Change is widely applicable to a host of medical professionals and support staff, including medical interpreters, community health workers, patient navigators, volunteers, medical assistants, administrative personnel and others. No previous experience is required. Basic computer experience is required.

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