Upcoming AKA Events

ONLINE COURSE - Motivational Interviewing

This workshop will encourage participants to consider how the evidence-based client-centred approach of MI can be applied in their practice.
ONLINE COURSE - Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing Course Description

This two-day workshop uses a combination of active learning, group work, and practice activities to develop basic skills in how to identify and address ambivalence and reduce discord with clients using the fundamental processes of MI. This workshop will encourage participants to consider how the evidence-based client-centred approach of MI can be applied in their practice.

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, client-centred directive therapeutic approach that elicits behavioural change by assisting clients identify and resolve ambivalence about attitudes and ideas. MI has been used in a variety of clinical settings and has been applied to various health conditions. MI is effective in reducing maladaptive behaviours such as alcohol abuse, drug addiction, and smoking and in promoting healthy behaviour change such as weight loss, medication adherence, increasing physical activity, and return to work. The applicability of MI across a variety of issues, its brief and specific interactions, and practical use in combination with other active treatment methods has intrigued many health care practitioners and led to explorations of the utility of MI in other areas of health care practice.

About the MI Workshop Instructor

Colin Baillie is a teaching fellow in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University, which sits on the territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Nations. As an instructor at Queen’s University since 2013, Colin has taught upper-year undergraduate courses on a wide variety of topics, including Motivational Interviewing, community-engaged research, health program evaluation, and health behaviour change theory. Colin’s experience teaching Motivational Interviewing spans almost a decade. In that time, he has taught Motivational Interviewing to over a thousand students and health professionals who have taken part in one of his courses or workshops. Colin’s devotion to knowledge sharing has been recognized by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, who awarded him the Scientific Director’s Award for Exemplary Knowledge Translation, as well as his home institution, where he has been nominated for five teaching awards over the past seven years.

 

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