Motivational Interviewing: An approach for addressing ambivalence for change

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About The Module:

This lesson explains the foundation of Motivational Interviewing and includes a brief introduction to the four core techniques:

  • Expressing Empathy and Establishing Rapport
  • Developing the Discrepancy
  • Rolling with Resistance
  • Supporting Self-Efficacy
You can also watch a leading expert, Julia Wacker, answer questions from your colleagues.

Julia Wacker About The Speaker:

Julia Wacker, MSW, MPH
Program Manager, Mobile Medication Program
North Carolina Hospital Association Foundation
Certified, Motivational Interviewing Supervision and Consultation

Julia Wacker manages NCHA’s Mobile Medication Program, a community-based behavioral health initiative in rural North Carolina. Previously, Ms. Wacker managed Duke Children’s Healthy Lifestyles Clinic Office of Community Outreach, conducting childhood obesity prevention outreach and resident education in family-centered communication. Ms. Wacker is certified in motivational interviewing supervision and consultation, and since 2008, has trained medical and behavioral health professionals to use motivational interviewing in brief patient encounters, specifically in pediatrics. Ms. Wacker is the co-author of the American Board of Pediatrics’ Performance Improvement Module and self-assessment on motivational interviewing.

Committed to improving child health policies through physician advocacy, Ms. Wacker is the recipient of the Public Health Social Work Leadership Award and the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Award.

Ms. Wacker earned her Bachelors in Education Studies from the New School University and Masters in Social Work and Masters in Science in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill.

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