The Top 10 Reasons a Health Coach Should Learn Motivational Interviewing

Why Health Coaches should learn Motivational InterviewingIf you don’t know already, Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based approach that was founded in the early 80’s by Dr. Bill Miller, a psychologist working with problem drinkers. Since that time, MI has grown in popularity as more and more helping professionals utilize the approach (as opposed to treatment as usual) and find that they feel much more prepared for working with their clients on behavior change issues.

In particular, health coaches have begun to rely on MI as a foundational skill. Katie Slack, the owner and Lead Trainer for MI Training Today, is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Society of Health Coaches, a wonderful organization that offers an excellent health coach certification program based on Motivational Interviewing’s main principles and techniques.

Still need a little more convincing? When Motivational Interviewing (MI) was compared to treatment as usual patients receiving MI were more likely to:

  1. Enter, stay in & complete treatment.
  2. Attend follow-up visits.
  3. Adhere to glucose monitoring.
  4. Increase fruit & vegetable intake.
  5. Reduce stress.
  6. Reduce sodium intake.
  7. Keep food diaries.
  8. Reduce unprotected sex & needle sharing.
  9. Improve medication adherence.

(Rollnick, Miller, & Butler, 2007)

If you would like to see any of these 9 outcomes for your patients, then learning MI is the next step for you. And if these 9 reasons are still not enough, there’s more!

  1. The 4 Guiding Principles of MI: RULE provide a clear cut & effective way to work with your clients:

                 R = Resist the Righting Reflex

                 U = Understand Patient’s Motivations

                 L = Listen to the Patient

                 E = Empower the Patient

Motivational Interviewing can seem both familiar, and at the same time difficult to integrate without sufficient training or support (Rollnick et al., 2007). Get the help you need to utilize this highly effective approach with your clients. Sign up for a training or purchase a webinar from the Health Coaches Webinar Series today.

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