NC AHEC, as an anchor partner in the NC CHW Initiative, is committed to ensuring that Community Health Workers have access to high quality training and professional development resources. A vital workforce for advancing health equity, it is important that CHWs are able to deepen their knowledge and sharpen their skills for providing all North Carolinians with the opportunity for health and wellness.
NC AHEC has developed a series of trainings geared towards deepening CHW knowledge and skills of Health Coaching and Behavior Change. Standards for CHW Specialty training developed by key NC CHW Initiative stakeholders, including CHWs and CHW supervisors, guided the development of these modules. Each module provides continuing education credit recognized by the NC CHW Association for the purposes of maintaining certification.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered approach designed to help people identify their readiness, willingness, and ability to make meaningful changes in their lives. This course describes MI techniques CHWs can deploy to evoke motivation and empowerment in their clients to make change and meet their goals.
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Partners on the CHW Specialty Training Work Group:
Avery Health Education and Consulting, LLC
Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative
Central Piedmont Community College
CommUnity Healing through Activism and Strategic Mobilization (CHASM) Institute
Durham Tech Community College
NC Community Health Center Association
NC CHW Association
NC DHHS Office of Rural Health
North Carolina Central University
Saint Augustine's University
Southern Regional AHEC
Approximate time to complete the course: 90 minutes
Learner content includes: Video, corresponding course handout, exercises and a brief post test
Participants have unlimited time to complete this course and access course materials.
This course is part of the online NC AHEC Community Health Worker courses of recorded content.
This module was fully funded by Center for Disease Control grant "Community Health Workers for COVID Response and Resilient Communities (CCR)" awarded to the NC Dept of Health and Human Services for advancement of the NC CHW Initiative.
In Collaboration with
Community health workers, lay health workers, outreach workers, and other frontline public health workers improving the health of their communities, and the supervisors, colleagues and allies of the CHW workforce
- Describe the advantages of evoking motivations rather than sharing information about risks and benefits
- Demonstrate the four processes and the OARS methodology used in MI to evoke change talk
- Appraise a client's readiness to change by exploring motivations and how to implement Motivational Interviewing in the face of ambivalence or resistance
- Andrew L. Brewer, MS, NBC-HWC
- Rachel A. Galanter, MPH
- Leslie D. McDowell, DNP, ANP-BC, RN
NC AHEC CHW Specialty Training Program: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Community Health Workers
7/6 10:00 AM–10:00 AM
The Mountain Area Health Education Center designates this entire online continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 0.2 CEUs as established by the National Task Force on the Continuing Education Unit.
1.500 Contact Hours
MAHEC designates this online continuing education activity as meeting the criteria for 1.50 Contact Hours.