Motivational Interviewing
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Course Objective

  • List the main guiding principles of motivational interviewing (MI)
  • Explain the importance of MI as a tool to promote behavior change in oral healthcare
  • Describe ways in which MI can be utilized in oral health education to reduce dental disease burden

Date: May 5, 2015

Under Review: September 15, 2020

Sam Wakim, DMD, MPH
Chief Dental Officer
Zufall Health Center

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a counseling method designed to strengthen an individual’s motivation for change. It has been studied and utilized extensively by a variety of health professionals to influence behavior change relating to mental health, sexual health and weight management among other conditions. Dr. Sam Wakim will review the definitions, principles and key techniques of motivational interviewing. He will also discuss how motivational interviewing in combination with caries risk assessments and self-management goals are being used to prevent dental caries.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center