Motivational Interviewing in Integrated Behavioral Health

Presented and developed by Douglas Kerr, PhD

This one day training is for those working in integrated behavioral health practices or medical settings and applies to behavior changes of all kinds, e.g. diabetes, obesity, and cardiac problems, as well as non-compliance issues in the treatment of substance abuse and mental health treatment.  It will include an overview of MI and the stages of change that will involve new learning for those already familiar with MI, but will not be inaccessible to those with no prior knowledge.  It is about generic behavior changes in the service of better long term health.

Specific examples of patient-provider dialogs about health behavior changes will be provided for a range of clinical situations.

Non-compliance with treatment is a major problem for medical, mental health and chemical dependency treatment provider.  MI is most often recommended for use with patients in the "pre-contemplation" and "contemplation" stages of change i.e. not ready to change (Prochaska & DiClemente, 1982). The high treatment drop out and treatment failure for these patient groups requires a different approach from those normally used: education and advice.  If behavioral change is demanded or advocated too strenuously with these patients, they will argue, avoid the provider, "yes, but..." until the provider gives up, or just not at the advice, knowing their behavior will not change.  MI is designed to avoid these outcomes.

Motivational Interviewing is considered an evidence-based practice for the treatment of substance abuse by SAMHSA and has been extensively applied in medical care, as well as mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Learning objectives:

  • Apply the MI way of understanding resistance in common problems of noncompliance
  • Learn how to apply new ways of responding to noncompliance
  • Identify ambivalence and change talk in behavior change discussions
  • Witness demonstrations of skilled use of MI applied to common problems in medical settings


Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Douglas M Kerr, PhD

Douglas Kerr, PhD is a clinical psychologist in independent practice since 1986 and an Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Argosy University Seattle and an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington. Douglas practices and teaches couples and family therapy, motivational interviewing, and narrative therapy. His practice has focused on adolescents with co-occurring disorders and their families.

Dr Kerr has been a MI trainer since 2002. Prior to that training of trainers, he was fortunate to participate in a MI research project where he was supervised by David Rosengren Ph.D. and received training from Drs. Rosengren and Chris Dunn. Dr Kerr teaches MI to family medicine residents, counseling students, professional counselors, and primary care staffs. He has taught several two day MI trainings for continuing education for psychologists, in-service trainings for counseling center staffs, and in primary care settings for MDs, nurses and support staff

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