Motivational Interviewing Workshop

"As humans, we all want to make our own decisions and we will naturally resist when we are told what to do, no matter how well-intended the message. When our autonomy is violated, we get defensive. This is a big reason why patients aren't making self-management behavior changes - They are defending their autonomy."

"Motivational interviewing is about being patient-centered by changing the words we use and the way we say things."

-Jan Kavookjian, MBA, PhD

Jan Kavookjian

This new program is designed for diabetes educators in developing their communication strategies to help patients make and sustain behavior change decisions. Jan Kavookjian is an Associate Professor of Health Outcomes Research & Policy at the Auburn University. As a behavior scientist she has nearly 20 years of experience working in MI training for chronic disease management. In this training course she will not only share her primary philosophies but will provide fundamental techniques that can be used by all medical practitioners. Participants will earn 15 CE in this 2-day training.

Successful diabetes education starts with the ability to effectively communicate with the patient. During the training there will be group activities involving breakout sessions. Participants will role-play patient encounters and discuss feedback. After attending this training you’ll have more tools to help patients with self-management care and a better understanding of various approaches to motivational speaking.

What to expect:

  • Identify personal areas of strengths and areas for improvement in communication
  • Understand the diabetes patient mindset and why resistance occurs with changing behavior
  • Develop a plan to implement goals in using MI skills in patient encounters for behavior change

2017 Dates and Locations

April 27-28 - Chicago, IL 


Members $550
Nonmembers $750
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