20DE007 - MAHEC's Project ECHO®: Using Motivational Interviewing Skills to Enhance Healthy Dental Habits & Health Behaviors (6-Part Video Teleconference Series)

Dec 31–Nov 15, 2019 Closed Dentistry

20DE007 - MAHEC's Project ECHO®: Using Motivational Interviewing Skills to Enhance Healthy Dental Habits & Health Behaviors (6-Part Video Teleconference Series)


Project ECHO® (Extension in Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a lifelong learning and guided practice model that revolutionizes medical education to provide best-practice specialty care and reduce health disparities. ECHO is led by an expert team that uses multi-point videoconferencing to conduct virtual learning sessions comprised of a short didactic followed by practice and questions.

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This video teleconferencing series, guided by experts, takes place over six modules (1.5 hours each) and will cover the topic of Motivational Interviewing (MI).

MI is an evidenced-based treatment that helps dental providers address clients’ ambivalence to change habits that impact their oral health. It is a collaborative and empowering approach to help clients alter their behaviors and better manage their illnesses. MI is a conversational approach that provides tools to help providers better support clients in identifying their desire for change, supporting clients to examine their ambivalence, then helping clients plan and take action to make the necessary adjustments to improve their oral health. MI can be used with brief encounters and is shown to be more effective than traditional advice giving.

This series is beneficial for all members of the dental team to help integrate MI principals into typical dental scenarios and time frames. The complete MI series includes an overview session followed by five modules addressing dental topics and concerns, including: oral health prevention and improvements, healthy habits, managing dental anxiety and trauma, cultural sensitivity, HPV and oral-pharyngeal disease, smoking cessation, and overall links of oral health to physical wellness and self-care. Sessions are 1.5 hours long and should be seen as a beginning or a jumpstart to ongoing skill development.

This educational series is supported by a grant from The Duke Endowment, which is coordinated by Mission Children's Hospital and the WNC Health Network.

MAHEC engages in evaluation activities to better understand the impact of our programs. By registering for this course, you agree that we may use your personal information in evaluative research regarding this program. Any reports published will be de-identified and reported in aggregate format.

Participants must register to attend this free ECHO® and receive continuing education credits.

2019 Sessions

Fridays 9-10:30am | Must login at 8:50 am for attendance

1September 6Overview of Foundational Concepts & Skills
2September 13Engaging Patients with MI Spirit & Skills
3October 25Collaborative Approaches to Gain Patient Buy-in Using MI
4November 1The Conversation is the Medicine - Creating New Conversations About Old Habits
5November 8Making the Plan
6November 15Adapting MI Practice for Special Needs and Populations

Target Audience

Dentists, Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, and other dental clinic staff


At the completion of this knowledge-based activity, the participant will be able to:

  • S1: Identify the theoretical basis for MI
  • S1: Identify Core Skills of MI Spirit & OARS
  • S1: Identify the Four Processes of MI
  • S2: Describe engagement concepts and MI spirit
  • S2: Demonstrate ways to engage difficult clients
  • S2: Identify applications of MI principles & skills in dental settings
  • S3: Identify Opportunities for gaining patient buy-in in dental situations
  • S3: Demonstrate ways to use discussion as a tool for developing collaboration and clarity
  • S3: Identify team strategies to achieve focused goal-setting
  • S4: Identify opportunities for evoking conversations within dental time frames
  • S4: Identify the four languages of MI strategies discord, ambivalence, sustain talk and change talk
  • S4: Strategize brief evocation conversations with dental targets
  • S5: Identify best practices for MI planning
  • S5: Development of appropriate plans using Brief Action Planning (BAP)and SBIRT (Screening Brief Interventions Referral and Treatment) concepts as applicable and follow-ups
  • S5: Demonstrate how to plan to situation and client
  • S6: Identify opportunities for special MI targets: difficult pediatric clients, HPV, oral-pharyngeal health and tobacco prevention
  • S6: Demonstrate what makes it MI
  • S6: Evaluation and future learning plans


  • Zachary Brian, DMD
  • Annie Fahy, BSN,RN,MSN,LCSW


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