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Motivational Interviewing: Achieving Sustainable Health Behavior Change

May 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$50 – $85

Friday May 18, 2018
Vermont Technical College , Room 401, Williston, VT
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3 CEU’s


Health professionals encounter and are often frustrated by the dynamics of behavior change; particularly why people don’t change. Studies on adherence to health professionals’ recommendations have shown that approximately 30-60% of health information provided in the clinician/patient encounter is forgotten within an hour, and that 50% of health recommendations are not followed (DiMatteo, 2002). Oral health providers typically learn and approach patient encounters in a persuasive authority manner offering knowledge and prescriptive strategies to lead the patient in making required behavior change. Conversely improved adherence has been demonstrated when a more behavioral than cognitive focus is used.

A number of theories and strategies are directed at modifying behavior. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change (Miller & Rollnick 2009). Originally developed in the field of addiction therapy, MI has been increasingly applied in the health professions with a growing body of successful outcomes for tobacco cessation, and diabetic control which can significantly impact oral health. It has also been shown to improve adherence to oral hygiene, periodontal patients and those with persistent mental illness as well as reducing risk behaviors for early childhood caries. (http://motivationalinterview.org/library/biblio.html )

Learning Objectives:

Understand the key principles of motivational interviewing.
Demonstrate MI methods to increase motivation.
Consider how the incorporation of MI can assist oral health providers to better meet the needs of today’s patients.

This course is sponsored by an educational grant from Colgate.

Presented by: Kimberly S. Bray, RDH, MS

Kimberly Bray is currently a Professor and Director for the Division of Dental Hygiene at the
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. Kim currently teaches and administers a
dental hygiene division with three degree programs including two degrees with distance learning options. She has 24 years clinical experience in both general and periodontal practice. She has authored several textbook chapters and published in numerous scientific journals. She has presented numerous Continuing Education Programs nationally and abroad including the International Federation of Dental Hygienists, European American Dental Hygiene Association (EARDH), American Dental Education Associations Annual Sessions, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Annual Session, the 71st & 77th Sessions of the International Association for Dental Research, and the 18th and 20th Sessions of the American Association for Dental Research. She is Past-President of ADEA Dental Hygiene Education Section, Sigma Phi Alpha National Dental Hygiene Honor Society, and the UMKC Dental Hygienists’ Alumni Association, and formerly served on the American Dental Hygienists’ Association Oral Institute for Research Grant Review Committee. She received the 2002 UMKC Dental Hygiene Alumni Achievement Award. Publications and research interests include product efficacy, ergonomics, motivational interviewing and alternative learning strategies.



May 18, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$50 – $85
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Vermont Dental Hygienists’ Association
(802) 881-6525


Vermont Technical College (401)
401 Lawrence Place
Williston, VT 05495-7166 United States
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