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16th Congress of the South African Association for Child & Adolescent Psychiatry & Allied Professions

Kramer Building, Middle Campus, UCT
11 September 2007 to 14 September 2007

Counselling behaviour change using motivational interviewing 

Presenter:  Prof Bob Mash
Division of Family Medicine, Stellenbosch University
Member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

Duration: 1 day

Numbers: Maximum of 20 people

Facilitators

  • Prof Bob Mash: Division of Family Medicine, Stellenbosch University and member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) http://www.motivationalinterview.org.
  • Members of the South African network of motivational interviewing trainers (MISA). MISA is a multi-disciplinary group consisting of doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, lay counselors and researchers (http://www.sahealthinfo.org).

Motivational interviewing
Motivational interviewing is a directive, but client-centred approach to behaviour change counselling that was developed and tested in the specialist addiction field and has now been extrapolated to different settings and other behavioural issues. In adolescence it is relevant to interventions that target health risk behaviours such as alcohol use, drugs, sexual practices and physical risk taking.

Aim
To train psychologists, psychiatrists or other health workers in basic skills or improve their existing skills in motivational interviewing as a form of health behaviour change counselling. Motivational interviewing is of relevance to any counselling that deals with lifestyle issues such as smoking, drugs, alcohol, safe sex, adherence to medication or dietary choices.

Objectives

  1. To understand the theoretical background to motivational interviewing as an approach to guiding people with decisions about lifestyle or behaviour change
  2. To model or demonstrate the principles of and specific skills of brief motivational interviewing
  3. To practice the skills of motivational interviewing through simulation and role play with feedback

Outcome
To engage the spirit of motivational interviewing as a way of being with patients or clients and to be able to utilize specific principles and skills in consultations or counselling sessions involving behaviour change.

Course format/structure
The course will integrate theory with modelling of skills and will focus on the practical use of MI by participants. This may involve the use of simulation, role-play, group work, audio and video tape. 

Target group
The course is directed at psychologists, psychiatrists or other health care workers who counsel clients or consult patients and must help people make decisions about behaviour change.

Prof Mash manages postgraduate training in family medicine at Stellenbosch University and has a wide range of research interests that include diabetic eye disease, asthma care, family medicine training and education, motivational interviewing and the district health system. Clinically, he works in the Khayelitsha sub-district of Cape Town. In 2005 he became a member of MINT and in 2006 organised an international training of practitioners and trainers in motivational interviewing at Stellenbosch.

Members of the South African network of motivational interviewing trainers (MISA): MISA is a multi-disciplinary group consisting of doctors, nurses, psychologists, social workers, lay counsellors and researchers

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31-May-2013

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