Level 3: What Motivates Change? Translating Theory into Practice
The conversations that occur between health care providers and their patients are powerful ones, capable of supporting or inhibiting the innate change process that is alive in all of us. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a state-of-the-art, evidence-based clinical counseling method designed for evoking intrinsic motivation for positive health behavior change. First described by William Miller (1983) and later elaborated in the classic book – Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change (1991, 2002, 2012) - MI offers a practical, common sense approach for supporting clients in making and sustaining health behavior changes. Originally developed in the drug and alcohol field, over 200 clinical trials demonstrate the efficacy of MI across a range of populations, target behaviors, and medical conditions. In this talk, Dana Sturtevant, MS, RD, will review the theories and principles of MI and offer conversation strategies to advocate for change.