Choices and Changes: Motivating Healthy Behaviors
Individual behavior is well documented to have a substantial impact on the prevention, treatment and course of a wide variety of illnesses and conditions. Clinicians frequently express frustration about their capacity to influence patient behavior, especially when they see the negative impact of that behavior on their patients’ health outcomes. Clinicians are well-versed in how specific behavioral changes can improve patients’ health, but are typically ill-equipped to help patients make changes. Choices and Changes: Motivating Healthy Behaviors provides clinicians with efficient and effective tools to help them motivate patients’ health behavior changes and adherence to treatment plans.
This intensive 3.5-day faculty development course is designed for individuals who will teach the Choices and Changes workshop. Participants in this Choices and Changes faculty development course may seek certification as IHC faculty members. Only certified IHC faculty members may teach the copyrighted Choices and Changes curriculum.
A wide range of provider organizations have trained staff members to teach the Choices and Changes curriculum to their clinicians, ensuring broad dissemination throughout provider organizations and ongoing support for clinicians.
If you are interested, please pre-register and we will send you information about our upcoming course schedule.
- Duration 3.5 Days
- Accreditation Approved for CE
- Available To All Healthcare Professionals
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Choices and Changes: Motivating Healthy Behaviors is appropriate for a wide range of clinicians, at every stage of their careers. Physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, case managers, diabetes educators, social workers, psychologists, pharmacists, physiotherapists, addiction counselors, health coaches, health educators and dieticians have benefitted from the program. Learners in the Choices and Changes faculty development course are typically senior clinicians with supervisory, training and/or professional development responsibilities.
The workshop can accommodate 6 to 24 participants to ensure optimal experiential learning in small and large group exercises.
The Choices and Changes faculty development course encompasses theory and skill development and practice delivering portions of the Choices and Changes workshop. The four course components include:
- Participation in the Choices and Changes workshop. As described in detail in the course description, this workshop is based on theories and models of change, communication and education. Choices and Changes teaches skills that are consistent with motivational interviewing; it is not affiliated with the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
- Practicing Choices and Changes skills with simulated patients. Simulated patient interviews provide opportunities for feedback from expert facilitators and peers. Many learners find this the most rewarding aspect of the course.
- Delivering and facilitating components of the Choices and Changes workshop. Learners prepare segments of the workshop presentation and receive feedback from expert facilitators and peers.
- Back-home planning to help integrate and align workshop components with other organizational needs and priorities.
By the end of the Choices and Changes faculty development course, participants will be able to:
- Cite research related to health behavior change;
- Identify two models of health behavior change;
- Demonstrate three core motivational interviewing (MI) skills;
- Identify the four key elements of a visit with a patient/client;
- Practice techniques to assess patient/client’s conviction and confidence levels;
- Practice techniques that tailor interventions to patient/client’s levels of conviction and confidence;
- Deliver elements of the Choices and Changes workshop;
- Provide feedback to colleagues on their Choices and Changes interviewing and presentation skills using the “www.eby” feedback model; and
- Create a plan to roll out Choices and Changes workshops at their organization.
The Choices and Changes faculty development course is an intensive and highly interactive program conducted over four consecutive days at a host organization.
All IHC courses are predicated on best practices in clinician-patient communication and emphasize a standard large and small group learning format to provide peer observation, feedback and coaching. The curriculum is presented via brief lectures, interactive exercises, videotaped case studies and skills practice with peers and simulated patients to build participant awareness, knowledge, skills and confidence regarding health behavior counseling. Case examples frame realistic issues involving patients with diabetes, hypertension, asthma and cardiovascular disease; patients who smoke or use alcohol problematically; and patients reluctant to follow through with plans for screening or treatment. Workshop materials include an extensive annotated bibliography.
At the end of the workshop, participants are asked to commit to trying out one or two new motivational/behavior change counseling strategies for several weeks and then to evaluate the outcomes associated with these approaches.
The Institute for Healthcare Communication (IHC) takes responsibility for the content, quality, and scientific integrity of this CME /CE activity. IHC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for clinicians. This course is designated by IHC as a continuing medical education activity meeting the criteria for up to 23 hours in Category 1 of the Physician’s Recognition Award of the American Medical Association.
Continuing education (CE) credit may be available to non-physician participants. IHC will provide a certification of completion, which can be submitted to trainees’ respective accrediting organizations. IHC is pleased to provide any necessary documentation to help individuals gain CE credits for completion of this workshop.