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Motivational Interviewing: Building Patient Motivation

presented by Dawn Clifford, PhD, RDN

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Financial: Dawn Clifford is the author of Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Fitness (Guilford Press) and 5-Minute MI: Motivational Interviewing in Nutrition and Health When Time Is Short (Skelly Skills). She receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Nonfinancial: Dawn Clifford has no competing nonfinancial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 45 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 28 Minutes

Enhance your patient's motivation to prioritize their health and rehabilitation by changing the way you communicate. This course provides an overview of motivational interviewing as it relates to the change process. Learn how to identify and inspire change talk and ask questions that motivate your patients to take control of their care process.

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Dawn Clifford, PhD, RDN

Dawn Clifford is a professor and graduate coordinator at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Clifford earned her BS in nutrition and dietetics at NAU and completed her dietetic internship at the Greater Los Angeles VA Hospital. After working as an outpatient dietitian for a few years, Dr. Clifford returned to school to complete her master's and…

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1. Exploring the Whys of Change

The best way to enhance your patient’s motivation is to ask for it. In this first chapter, you’ll learn how simply asking your patient why they care about their rehab journey can stir up the motivation needed to stick with their rehab plan.

2. Drumming Up Change Talk

When patients voice their personal motivations, they are more likely to make and sustain change. In this chapter, you’ll learn specific responses that encourage your patient to share more about their motivations for sticking with their rehab plan.

3. Questions That Motivate

MI practitioners can use a variety of different questions to invite the client to explore their whys. In this chapter, you’ll learn the different types of questions that can be used to invite clients to share their personal motivations for change, with examples and strategies for incorporating this “why” conversation into all of your sessions.

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