Motivational Interviewing Complements Work Rehabilitation Practice With Injured Workers (Doug Gross & Joanne Park)

1 Hour (VRA) | taught by Work Wellness Institute

Course description

It is well understood that  psychosocial and behavioral factors associated with musculoskeletal  disorders are important barriers to successful return-to- work outcomes.  However, there are few evidence-based methods in work rehabilitation  that effectively address these barriers. Motivational Interviewing is a  client-centered approach designed to facilitate behavior change. The  approach views individuals as dynamic and complex, driven by contending  and conflicting motives, resulting in ambivalence and fluctuating  degrees of self-efficacy. Thus, Motivational Interviewing appears to be  especially compatible for addressing psychosocial aspects related to  behavior change. The applicability of Motivational Interviewing across a  variety of issues, its brief and specific interactions, and practical  use in combination with other active treatment methods has intrigued  many health care practitioners and led to explorations of the utility of  Motivational Interviewing in other areas of health care practice.

Participants will learn:
  • Define and review current evidence on motivational interviewing
  • Discuss  how the Readiness for Change model can provide a framework for  understanding the process of behaviour change with injured workers
  • Discuss how Motivational Interviewing can provide the means to facilitate behaviour change process
  • Present  results of a recent clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of  Motivational Interviewing for improving return-to-work rates with  injured workers

Douglas Gross PhD, BScPT 

University of Alberta
Douglas Gross PhD, BScPT is a  Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of  Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He is also Director of the Rehabilitation  Research Centre, a research consulting organization at the University of  Alberta. His research primarily focuses on individuals with  musculoskeletal conditions, including investigating the effectiveness of  clinical and public health interventions, work disability prevention,  and clinical decision support tools. He has given numerous national and  international presentations and published over 90 articles and book  chapters

 Joanne  Park PhD, BScOT 

University of Alberta
Joanne Park has worked as an  Occupational Therapist in the area of work rehabilitation for over 12  years. As an Occupational Therapist she completes musculoskeletal  assessments, functional capacity evaluations, brain injury assessments,  and job demands analyses. She is also a sessional instructor for the  Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta.  She  has recently completed her PhD at the University of Alberta and her  research includes the evaluation of motivational interviewing as an  intervention to improve return-to-work rates with injured workers.
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