Motivational Interviewing and Neuropsychology: Enhancing Assessment, Feedback and Behavior Change for Persons and Families with Neuro-Cognitive Impairments

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
12:00pm - 1:30pm Eastern time
1.5 CE Credits

Presented by:
Mariann Suarez, Ph.D.
Chair, Medical Student Selection Committee
Associate Professor 
USF Health, Morsani College of Medicine

Neuropsychological practice entails the unique balance of diagnostic assessment and specialized feedback tailored to persons with neuro-cognitive impairments, as well as their families, and treatment teams involved in their care. As many recommendations involve helping the person cope with a loss of personal autonomy and make significant lifestyle changes, common practice challenges involve addressing issues of resistance, ambivalence to change, and non-adherence. One evidence-based method showing much promise in the past decade for improving these clinical practice challenges is Motivational Interviewing. Motivational Interviewing is collaborative and guides the conversational style used for strengthening a person’s own (intrinsic) motivation and commitment for change. While most neuropsychologists have a familiarity with Motivational Interviewing, there has been a lack of specificity for applications to their clinical and feedback practices. In this webinar, participants will learn about recent updates in applying Motivational Interviewing across clinical presentations with a range of populations, including youth and their parents as well as adult patients, and how it can be incorporated into treatment settings such as rehabilitation centers. Tips for using Motivational Interviewing to enhance adherence, assessment procedures, and collaborative feedback and to improve productive conversations will be highlighted.

After the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the core components of Motivational Interviewing.
  2. Apply the 4-process model to neuropsychological assessment and feedback practices.
  3. Evoke and respond to change talk to enhance patients’ commitment to change.
  4. Improve treatment adherence and effective communications with persons and families with cognitive impairments.

Target Audience: This introductory-level webinar is designed for both practitioners and students working with persons with neuro-cognitive impairments. Familiarity with Motivational Interviewing is not required, and those with prior training in Motivational Interviewing will gain a deeper understanding of how they can consistently apply MI into their practice.

Instructional Level: Introductory

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Mariann Suarez, Ph.D., ABPP
is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida Health. A licensed Clinical Psychologist with Specialization in Pediatric Psychology, Dr. Suarez is Board Certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology by the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology and serves on the national board. As a Member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers for 15 years, her research focuses on the effectiveness of MI with persons using substances, applications of MI to Neuropsychology (Schoenberg & Scott, 2012), as well as with young people, co-authoring the first text on Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults (with Naar in 2011). Dr. Suarez has extensive national and international experience in the training and evaluation of MI with a range of trainees and practitioners, including the training of MI with medical students, health and community practitioners in various educational formats.