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Motivational Interviewing in Primary Care Settings


 Description/Learning objectives

​This course introduces a brief form of motivational interviewing that was developed for use in brief consultations by physicians, nurses and pharmacists in primary care settings.

The course integrates its themes and concepts across clinical disciplines by providing opportunities to design brief interventions pertinent to your clinical practice. This course guides you through a sequence of learning activities that will influence your consultations with clients about behavior changes across a range of health-related issues.
Upon completion of this training, you will be able to:
  • describe the basic concepts of motivational interviewing, its spirit and essential strategies
  • apply the strategies of motivational interviewing to explore and resolve clients' feelings of ambivalence or resistance to change
  • identify common therapeutic pitfalls in the consultation process
    understand the nuances of using motivational interviewing techniques in primary care settings
  • develop a practice engagement plan based on motivational interviewing.  

 Target audience

​This course is appropriate for all health care providers who provide consultations about behavior changes across a range of health-related issues.



 Delivery method

Module 1 (webinar): (6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST)
Introduction to Motivational interviewing in primary care settings
A two-hour interactive webinar provides an overview of the concept's philosophy, spirit and skills and strategies, which can significantly influence your collaboration with clients/patients.
Please note: Module 1 is a pre-requisite for Module 2

Module 2 (classroom): (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Motivational interviewing for brief interventions in primary care settings
Through the use of mock clinical scenarios you will gain practice reflective techniques and other strategies that will increase your ability to explore your clients' feelings of ambivalence, and to reduce their resistance to change.  This learning experience offers immediate feedback that can increase your clinical skill in the practice of motivational interviewing.
Module 3 (teleconference):  (6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.)
Post-course feedback and coaching on practice performance (1 hour teleconference)

Participants share their experiences with integrating motivational interviewing skills into their clinical practices, while course facilitators provide feedback and supportive coaching.












​University of Toronto

 Course resources


​Required Texts not included in course fee(s)

Motivational Interviewing In Health Care - Helping Patients Change Behavior (2008), by Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller and Christopher C. Butler.  Published by The Guilford Press






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