Learning and Teaching Motivational Interviewing

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 08:00 - 16:30

Faculty will be introduced to the principles of motivational interviewing (MI), and become prepared to teach MI skills to clerks and residents in a clinical setting.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and explain the core concepts and approaches in motivational interviewing including: the spirit of motivational interviewing; the  four processes in motivational interviewing; eliciting change talk; and assessing readiness and ambivalence.
  2. Demonstrate the skills of motivational interviewing (OARS) to elicit information from patients: Open ended questions; Affirmations; Reflecting listening; and Summary statements.
  3. Explain the importance of incorporating motivational interviewing into clinical practice and the relevance for physicians to learn these skills in medical training.
  4. Develop a teaching plan to facilitate a motivational interviewing seminar for clinical clerks and/or residents using a variety of tools and exercises.
  5. Identify opportunities for clinical teaching of MI skills to clinical clerks and residents and practice teaching these skills in a small group setting.


  • Peter Selby, MBBS, CCFP, FCFP, MSSc, dip ABAM, DFASAM from CAMH
  • Kim Lazare, MD, CCFP, MScCH 
  • Christopher Gilchrist, MD, CCFP 
  • Azadeh Moaveni, BSc, MD, CCFP


Department of Family and Community Medicine
500 University Ave - Main Floor, Room 132
Kim Lazare, MD, CCFP, MScCH kim.lazare@mail.utoronto.ca
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