Motivating Health Behaviour Change

10 Units

Develops an understanding of the theoretical concepts and basic skills underlying effective interventions. Modules cover; change during the life cycle; change without expert help; stages of change; motivational interviewing; brief interventions; compliance therapy; relapse prevention and Health Behaviour change with cancer and chronic pain patients. Motivating Health Behaviour Change is a skills-based course. Skills-based courses prove a knowledge and skills-base for assessment and intervention with people with AOD problems in various settings. Students who've completed MEDI6140-Clinical Approaches to D/A Problems I are not able to enroll in this course.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Medicine and Public Health
Availability Semester 1 - 2016 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe reasons for modest optimism regarding the role of expert help
  2. Identify a client¿s stage of change
  3. Demonstrate motivational interviewing or compliance therapy strategies
  4. Describe research evidence concerning the effectiveness of motivational interviewing
  5. Describe compliance therapy strategies;
  6. Describe brief intervention approaches
  7. Describe relapse prevention strategies
  1. Change during the life cycle
  2. Change without expert help
  3. Stages of change
  4. Motivational interviewing
  5. Compliance therapy
  6. Brief interventions
  7. Relapse prevention
  8. Health behaviour change with cancer and chronic pain patients
Assumed Knowledge Students must work in a setting (either voluntarily or paid) which allows approximately 7 days of clinical work with clients who smoke, drink alcohol or take other drugs. Mentoring will be required. (Please note that this is not a placement.)
Assessment Items
  • Online Learning Activity: Discussion board.
  • Written Assignment: Critique and DVD/audio demonstration
Contact Hours
  • Online Activity: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self-Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Course Materials
  • Motivational Interviewing
Timetable 2016 Course Timetables for MEDI6145
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