Online Conference 2020 | Motivational Interviewing: The Integration of Science & Listening

June 12, 2020 to June 19, 2020

Effective & efficient communication skills are more relevant than ever

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. 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. Dr. Tillman will be using examples relevant to COVID-19, and helping patients prioritize multiple health concerns.

Target Audience

Nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, staff nurses, school nurses, social workers, psychologists, case managers, physicians, physician assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists, health educators and other interested healthcare professionals.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After attending this workshop, you will be better able to:

  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 motivating patients.
  6. Apply motivational interviewing skills to specific challenging situations.

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 7.30 Contact hours
Event starts: 
06/12/2020 - 8:00am PDT
Event ends: 
06/19/2020 - 12:00pm PDT

Program Schedule

This training will be split up into two morning sessions. You must participate in both days to receive credit.

Friday  |  June 12, 2020

8:00 amWelcome and Overview
8:05 amDefining M.I.: Spirit | Skills | Change Talk 
9:30 amBreak
9:45 amDeconstructing the Elements of MI
11:00 amPracticing M.I.
11:30 amAdjourn

Friday  |  June 19, 2020

8:00 amWelcome Back
8:05 amReviewing M.I: Spirit | Skills | Change Talk 
9:30 amBreak
9:45 amWatching & Practicing the Elements
11:15 amBreak
11:25 amScenarios: Making it Relevant
12:00 pmAdjourn and Online Evaluation
Online Webinar
Seattle, WA
United States
  • SPEAKER: Jonnae Tillman, PMHNP, DNP

Dr. Jonnae Tillman is board-certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and holds a doctoral degree as a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). She has additional training in addiction medicine, with over 25 years of experience working with both adults and adolescents. Dr. Tillman has a broad spectrum of experience working with depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. She maintains an avid interest in integrating genetic testing into the selection of evidence-based practice and psychopharmacology.

Jonnae has provided training in Motivational Interviewing for 19 years, including coaching emergency department practitioners at NYU / Bellevue Hospital, Miami’s Jackson Memorial, and Massachusetts General in Boston. She is faculty at Seattle University and designs trainings for Nurse Family Partnership, Washington State Department of Corrections, Migrant Head Start, and domestic violence prevention agencies. For her doctoral research, Jonnae investigated the role of NP’s in medication-assisted-treatment (MAT).

Jonnae regularly presents at national and international conferences, presenting on topics like “e-Health’ Interventions at the ICME Research Conference in Venice, Italy; and “M.I. in Healthcare: Brief Interventions” at the MINT conference in Sheffield, England.

Professional Credit

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Available Credit

  • 7.30 Contact hours


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