Date: 06/11/2004

Kenneth A. Resnicow, PhD

Stream Seminar

Motivational Interviewing in Medical and Public Health Settings

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a novel approach to counseling that assists individuals to work through their ambivalence about behavior change and unearth their intrinsic motivation to change. As opposed to more traditional patient education approaches that "push" motivation, in MI the counselor uses techniques such as reflective listening and values clarification to help clients write their own advertisement for change; to "pull" motivation. The presentation will address: 1) An introduction to MI: Its spirit and essential strategies 2) Discussion of how MI can be applied in behavioral health settings 3) Introduction to key MI skills including reflecting listening and open ended questions 4) Eliciting change talk 5) Developing discrepancy.

About the Speaker

Kenneth A. Resnicow, PhD

Ken Resnicow, PhD, is Irwin M. Rosenstock Collegiate Professor, Health Behavior and Health Education, School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, UM Cancer Center Director of Health Disparities Research, and a senior leader at the CHCR.

Dr. Resnicow is an internationally recognized expert in design and evaluation of health promotion interventions and motivational interviewing (MI), and is a leading expert in conceptualizing and designing culturally sensitive community-based interventions for health promotion. He is also an expert in community-based interventions for nutrition, physical activity, and smoking prevention in minorities.

Dr. Resnicow specializes in theory-based tailoring including ethnic identity and self-determination theory. His research interests include the design and evaluation of health promotion programs for special populations, particularly cardiovascular and cancer prevention interventions for African Americans; understanding the relationship between ethnicity and health behaviors; and motivational interviewing for chronic disease prevention. He has worked extensively with numerous universities, research and practitioner groups worldwide as well as health voluntary (e.g., American Cancer Society, American Dietetics Association, Academy of Pediatrics) and government agencies, including NIH and CDC.