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Motivational Interviewing: Creating Collaborative Conversations with Patients and Their Families to Enhance Healthcare Outcomes

A Presentation in Honor of National Professional Social Work Month, 2014

Effective treatment within health care settings requires interventions based on a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s health behaviors as part of the clinical picture. Patient engagement and the development of a mutually agreeable treatment plan increase the likelihood of adherence with that plan.

Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, evidence-based, patient centered approach that can be a particularly useful tool in the healthcare setting. This approach focuses on an open dialogue to explore a patient’s readiness for change, rather than traditional advice-giving. This helps to identify barriers to change and decrease resistance. Motivational Interviewing is especially relevant for adapting lifestyle changes, such as smoking cessation, decreasing substance use or maintaining an exercise or nutritional program, behaviors that can have a substantive impact on overall health.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the spirit and processes of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Learn the core skills of MI for use in a healthcare setting
  • Apply MI techniques through a demonstration of MI language and approach
  • Be able to identify further sources of information on MI

About Nancy M. Violette, PhD, LCSW, LCADC, ICCS
Dr. Violette is a member of the adjunct faculty of Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. She is a frequent workshop facilitator at the Institute for Families, Rutgers University School of Social Work. Dr. Violette’s dissertation research focused on the relationship between tobacco dependence and substance abuse treatment outcomes. Her contributions to the addictions and mental health fields include her work as a researcher, curriculum specialist, professor, and clinician. She has advanced clinical training as a Gestalt therapist, and is a member of MINT, The Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. Dr. Violette maintains a clinical practice in Highland Park, New Jersey and Manhattan where she practices individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy.


Sponsored by The Department of Social Work Programs

Nancy M. Violette, PhD, LCSW, LCADC, ICCS


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