Motivational Interviewing: Skill-building for Beginning and Intermediate Practitioners

Susan Butterworth, PhD, MS

Principal & Founder, Q-consult, LLC


CHES 14.0* | ICHWC 14.0 |CDR 14.0

As health coaching becomes a more integral part of health promotion interventions, it is important to establish competency in an evidence-based skill-set. The seminar will introduce the basic motivational interviewing (MI) approach as described by Bill Miller and Steve Rollnick in their third edition of Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change.
The MI approach will be presented in the context of health coaching in wellness, health promotion, medical and chronic care management settings, with tailored application to brief, more intensive, in-person, and telephonic sessions. Participants will understand how the MI approach can be used in conjunction with other models such as stages of change, patient activation, and shared decision-making to address such constructs as engagement, self-efficacy, and personal agency.

The seminar will be presented in a format that is consistent with recommendations from the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) organization, as well as findings from research on how health professionals best learn the MI skill-set. There will be significant interaction and practice activities to apply the principles to real practice situations. Methods used will include didactic lecture, PowerPoint slides, small group activities, small and large group discussion, personal feedback, video clips, and handout materials.

Presenter Bio(s):

After nearly 20 years on faculty at Oregon Health & Science University, Dr. Butterworth founded Q-consult, LLC. Her clinical background is exercise physiology, and she received her doctoral degree in adult education and training with a cognate in health promotion from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her special area of expertise and research is the practical application of behavior change science, such as Motivational Interviewing-based health coaching, to various healthcare settings. She has been awarded and served on multiple NIH, HRSA and other grants to study the efficacy and impact of health management interventions, has published multiple articles on the theory and outcomes of evidence-based practice, and is currently involved in two clinical trials regarding patient engagement and treatment adherence. Susan has been an active member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2002.