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Brief Motivational Intervention with Gabe Turner

Scenario

Gabe Turner has scored high on the USAUDIT (The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test, Adapted for Use in the United States), during a visit to the doctor's office. Gabe’s doctor is concerned and has asked him to talk with you about his drinking habits. Work with Gabe and try to motivate him toward change.

Brief interventions are short conversations that are intended to help patients/clients engage in behavior change. Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a client-centered therapeutic approach that can strengthen a person’s own internal motivation and commitment to change. Using these techniques together can help encourage an individual toward positive change.

Users

Social Work,
Healthcare & Students

Recommended
Plays

3 - 5
minimum

Average Time
per Session

20 - 30
minutes


Teaching Objectives:

  • Creating a Motivating Conversation
  • Utilizing the Motivational Interviewing Process
  • Using Motivational Interviewing Tools Effectively

Included in Training:

  • A Training Guide with information on brief interventions using Motivational Interviewing to encourage behavioral changes with a client.
  • A Simulated Conversation with a varied character to prepare learners for clients with different motivations and barriers for change.
  • Comprehensive Feedback during and after each play to help guide skill development.

This training was developed in collaboration with Simmons School of Social Work, Howard University, & Binghamton University.

Research

Putney, J. M., Collin, C., Halmo, R., Cadet, T., & O’Brien, K. (2021). Teaching Note—Assessing competence in screening and brief intervention using online patient simulation and critical self-reflection. Journal of Social Work Education, 57:3, 598-603, DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2019.1671276 Read More

Smith, M. J., Bornheimer, L. A., Li, J., Blajeski, S., Hiltz, B., Fisher, D. J., Check, K., & Ruffolo, M. (2020). Computerized clinical training simulations with virtual clients abusing alcohol: Initial feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness. Clinical Social Work Journal. Read More

Putney, J. M., Levine, A., Collin, C., O’Brien, K. H. M., Mountain-Ray, S., & Cadet, T. (2019). Teaching Note—Implementation of online client simulation to train and assess screening and brief intervention skills. Journal of Social Work Education, 55:1, 194-201, DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2018.1508394.Read More

O’Brien, K., Putney, J. M., Collin, C., Halmo, R., & Cadet, T. (2019). Optimizing SBIRT training for nurses and social workers: Testing the added effect of online simulation. Substance Abuse. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/08897077.2019.1576087. Read More

Putney, J. M., Collin, C., Halmo, R., & Cadet, T. (2018, November). Assessing holistic competence in brief motivational interventions through patient simulation and reflection. Panel presented at the 2018 Annual Program Meeting of the Council of Social Work Education, Orlando, FL.

O’Brien, K. H. M., Cadet, T., Collin, C., Halmo, R., & Putney, J. M. (2018, June). Training in SBIRT: Is there an added effect on online simulation training when received after in-person instruction? Poster presented at the 2018 Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Putney, J. M., Collin, C., & Cadet, T. (2017, October). Incorporating client simulation to develop and assess screening and brief intervention skills. Paper presented at the 2017 Annual Program Meeting of the Council of Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.

Putney, J. M., Levine, A., O’Brien, K. H. M., & Collin, C. (2017, September). Integrating online patient simulation of screening and brief intervention in social work curricula. Poster presented at the INEBRIA 2017 Screening and Brief Intervention at the Intersection of Research, Policy and Practice: Advancing Knowledge and Meeting New Challenges, New York, NY.