The effectiveness of a shortened training module on Motivational Interviewing skill acquisition

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  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a therapeutic technique that has been increasingly used in health care, and MI training for health care professionals has been progressively more promoted. This study investigated the effectiveness of a modified version of the traditional two-day workshop in Motivational Interviewing. Physical Therapy students completed the training as part of their curriculum and chose to participate in the study on voluntary basis. Comparisons were made between pre and post measures of a number of MI adherent skills used in written and role-play scenarios. Students demonstrated an increase in the use of open-ended questions, and the score of MI Spirit in their role-plays, as well as an increase in their score on the written scenarios. Reflection to Question ratio and the percent of Complex Reflections did not increase in the role-plays following the workshop. This shortened workshop was successful in promoting the use of basic Motivational Interviewing skills.

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