AWPHD and WSHA host motivational interviewing and trauma-informed care training

December 5, 2019

Every touchpoint with a patient is an opportunity to cast a lifeline. Patients with traumatic backgrounds, struggling with addiction or seeking refuge in a health care setting for non-medical reasons can be challenging to engage. Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach to support patient behavior change in both emergency department and inpatient settings and can be used to help patients move toward lifestyle stability and recovery. The Association of Washington Public Hospital Districts (AWPHD) and WSHA are co-hosting a webinar to engage members on this topic.

If your team would benefit from guidance and skill-building to apply motivational interviewing techniques, it’s not too late to register for the Dec. 13 webinar, led by Dr. Bridget Beachy. The one-hour session will provide easy instruction for improving staff comfort in the application of motivational interviewing and trauma-informed care.

The webinar is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13, 2-3 p.m. PST. Registration for the webinar is available online. The webinar objectives are:

  • Review goals, principles and philosophy of motivational interviewing and trauma-informed care
  • Learn strategies to overcome common barriers to applying motivational interviewing skills, particularly as it relates to engaging patients in considering treatment for addiction and addressing non-clinical drivers of hospital utilization
  • Engage in discussion regarding application of motivational interviewing techniques with patients in the hospital setting


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