Pre Conference Workshop – Motivational Interviewing in Clinical Audiology Practice: Facilitating behaviour change with patients and families


This introductory session provides a meaningful overview of Motivational Interviewing (MI) using a unique approach which integrates MI with other impactful and evidence-based behaviour change practices such as coaching methods and key elements of behaviour change theories/applications. Most importantly, we will explore and help you to acquire applied techniques to use with your clients in your day-to-day contacts. You will learn how to build motivation and transition that enhanced motivation into a strengthened and real commitment to behaviour changes. We will teach you different ways to use such elements as presence, competence views, compelling questions, reflective listening, readiness to change and change talk, tagging values onto desired behaviour changes, and moving with apparent-resistance in service of your clients’ needs for long-term goal setting and commitment to change. This is a hands-on or experiential workshop that includes working in dyads followed by discussions and integrations into your professional practices.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe evidence-based, effective ways to communicate with patients/clients to foster client/patient behaviour change
  2. Identify how “not to” communicate with patients, if the goal is client/patient behaviour change
  3. Describe how effective communication with clients/patients benefits both patients and providers

Primary presenter: Jennifer Irwin

Secondary presenter: Sheila Moodie