This course is ideally suited for health care providers who are dedicated to enhancing their client-centered counseling skills. Participants will engage in skill-building exercises designed to enhance competence in using client-centered approaches and strategies when working with clients in various clinical settings. This learning experience can significantly influence how health care providers collaborate with clients, and affect behavior change across a range of health-related issues.
This course incorporates a collaborative clinical education model – mentoring/coaching of motivational interviewing as a means of promoting learning as well as providing evidence of that learning.
Upon completion of this training, participants will be able to:
- describe the basic concepts of motivational interviewing, including its spirit and essential strategies
- articulate how a clinician's values, attitudes and assumptions influence the consultation process
- use empathic counselling skills (described by the OARS acronym)
- discuss how an MI-based approach may be integrated in clinical practice.
This course can be taken alone; however, it qualifies as an elective for the Concurrent Disorders Certificate Program.
Electives must be taken within a four-year period after completing the core course; any courses taken prior to the core program will not count toward the certificate.