Motivational Interviewing: A Patient-Centered Approach to Elicit Positive Behavior Change

CE 381 Introduction

This continuing education course reviews the fundamental principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI), a collaborative conversational style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change.1 Guiding the patient’s internal motivation increases the likelihood that his or her ambivalence about changing will be resolved in the direction of change. The four key principles of MI are reviewed:

  • Resist the righting reflex.
  • Understand your patient’s motivation.
  • Listen to your patient.
  • Empower your patient.

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Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement

  • Dr. Williams and Prof. Bray have done consulting and speaking for Procter & Gamble.


Disclaimer: Participants must always be aware of the hazards of using limited knowledge in integrating new techniques or procedures into their practice.  Only sound evidence-based dentistry should be used in patient therapy.

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