What is Choices and Changes?
Choices and Changes: Motivating Health Behaviour is a training designed by the Institute for Health Care Communication. This course presents health care providers with an opportunity to explore their own beliefs about the behaviour change process and to test out these beliefs against the current evidence-based best practice.
What happens in this training?
A group of 10 to 16 health care providers from the same team or discipline working within an institution gather, typically at their host site, to learn motivational interviewing-based communication skills that can help them build rapport as well as engage their clients in a conversation about healthy behaviour change. A typical training program is either 4.5 in length and the attendees learn skills that can help them influence patient health behaviours.
By the end of the training participants will be able to:
- Describe the role of the provider as a facilitator of change
- Identify specific strategies to assess the provider’s role in the change process
- Describe 2 skills to influence changing patient’s behaviour, which apply to situations in the clinical setting
- Demonstrate techniques to use in clinical settings to influence change
During each training, participants:
- receive 1 main-pro credit per hour (accredited by the College of Family Physicians)
- receive Choices and Changes: Motivating Healthy Behaviour Workbook
- enjoy light breakfast and lunch
Participants take on an active role in the program’s activities by reflecting on their day-to-day work and working with other participants to practice these skills in small groups.
Who can attend this training?
Certified health care providers living or providing health services to clients living in the Toronto Central LHIN region can register. Clinicians/providers affiliated with institution/initiatives listed below, should write to us with their interest, specifying their department/team as we have specific arrangements in offering C&C with:
- Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
- Toronto Stroke Network
- Sunnybrook Hospital
- University Health Network
- Women’s College Hospital
Who leads the training?
Trained facilitators who are health care providers working across disciplines and institutions will lead this training. These individuals were screened and selected to attend a five-day training and are part of an active community of practice.
Who developed the training?
The Institute for Health Care Communication developed this evidence-based course and they periodically update it to match the latest evidence.