Conference 2017 | Motivational Interviewing

Successful Patient Engagement and Activation for Busy Healthcare Settings

Tuesday | March 28, 2017

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Who Should Attend This Conference? 

A workshop for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, staff nurses, school nurses, social workers, psychologists, case managers, physicians, physician assistants, health educators and other interested healthcare professionals.

About This Conference: 

Patient decisions about changing health-related behaviors are complicated. Research indicates that passively receiving medical information and advice alone does not result in lasting behavior change. Furthermore, health professionals become frustrated when patients respond with resistance or apathy and do not make healthy choices. What reduces patient resistance and increases the chance of positive outcomes? Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based communication style that has been shown to have a dramatic effect on patient outcomes in over 200 international clinical trials. MI creates a partnership between health professionals and their patients, enabling them to work together as “co-experts” towards shared goals. 

  • MI helps people identify their own motivation for making lifestyle changes. 
  • MI is the opposite of telling people what to do and how to do it. 
  • MI activates discussion about change and minimizes talk about being stuck in unhealthy habits. 

MI involves specific, measurable skills designed to create effective interactions.
This workshop provides practical skills for engaging people in the process of change and guiding them to find solutions. Teaching methods include lecture, demonstration, discussion, skill development and case study analysis.

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Learning Objectives

  1. Describe how motivational interviewing skills fit into the healthcare setting.
  2. Identify opportunities to employ motivational interviewing skills when observing patient interactions.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to recognize patient “change talk.”
  4. Describe motivational interviewing strategies for providing patient education that minimizes resistance.
  5. Describe the difference between praise and affirmation in engaging and motivating patients.


  • Why Don't Patients Just Do What We Say?
  • It's Not About Being Nice: Measurable and Observable Skills
  • Change Talk: The Intersection of Science and Art
  • Giving Information and Recommendations without Triggering Resistance
  • Strengthening Patient Confidence: Praise vs. Affirmation
  • How Motivational Interviewing Can Change Your Healthcare Setting
  • Putting Motivational Interviewing Skills into Practice


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  • Contact hours: 7.10
  • Event starts: Tue, Mar 28, 2017 - 8:00 am
  • Event ends: Tue, Mar 28, 2017 - 4:30 pm
  • Available: Thu, Jan 26, 2017
  • Unavailable: Wed, Mar 28, 2018
  • Price: $295.00


Shoreline Conference Center
18560 1st Ave NE
Shoreline, WA 98155


This activity closed on March 28th, 2018 and is no longer available for enrollments.