Nurturing Autonomy: MI for Behavioral Transformation in Older Adults

February 5 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | ONLINE (VIA ZOOM) | REGISTRATION REQUIRED | 3 CE HOURS AVAILABLE FOR A FEE

Older adults experience a crushing psychological blow as they transition from a lifetime of self-sufficiency to reliance on others. This, coupled with the loss of loved ones, as well as a decline in cognitive and physical capabilities, can deter motivation to attend to their own well-being. Motivational Interviewing’s (MI) emphasis on compassion and autonomy offers providers a toolkit for guiding older adults through various areas of behavior change when responding to challenging decisions and transitions.

While initially developed to address problem drinking, over the past 25 years, MI has been applied to a wide range of populations and behavioral change areas. This workshop will focus on the application of MI in working with older adults on behavior change efforts related to medication adherence, appointment follow-through, social involvement (or distancing), smoking cessation, healthy eating, alcohol use, and overall wellness.

This webinar is geared towards practitioners who are already familiar with the basics of MI, and are looking for an opportunity to focus their MI skill development on working with older adults. Dr. Hamid will spend the first 15-20 minutes reviewing MI basics to ensure everyone is on the same page