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Digital Seminar

Motivational Interviewing for Busy Clinicians: Transform Brief Patient Interactions to Promote Behavior Change

Karen LeRoy, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
2 Hours 04 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jan 15, 2024
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Have you felt frustrated and out of ideas on how to help your patients make healthy lifestyle changes?  Do you feel like you are just repeating yourself at each patient encounter and getting nowhere?  Are you worried that if your patients don’t make healthier choices soon, it might be too late?  You are not alone. So many healthcare professionals feel the same way.  If you only could help patients move in the direction of healthy change, you know it would make such a positive impact on their lives. 

We all know diabetes, heart disease, and obesity are some of the leading causes of death and disability in our country.  If we as clinicians can help our patients with their modifiable risk factors, we can help them reduce their risks for illness, injury and disease.  Many patients know what needs to be done to reduce their risks, but don’t or can’t make the necessary behavior changes on their own.  What hinders them from making the changes they desire to?  Is it a problem of motivation, fear, confidence or even prioritization?  Imagine if you could have a better conversation with your patients that helps them explore their reasons for making healthy changes and help them move into action.   

Utilizing MI in your practice can feel difficult with time constraints and so many things that need to be addressed in a typical patient visit.  In this course, you will learn practical ways to incorporate MI into your patient encounters.  You will learn how you can use MI, even in brief encounters, to help move patients in the direction of change to improve their health and well-being. 


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NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate (participant will be able to print the certificate of completion after passing the online post-test (80% passing score) and completing the evaluation). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, and others.

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Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.  

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Earn up to 2.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Nurses - Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Clinical Nurse Specialists - ANCC

PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Nurses completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 contact hours. Expires: 01/15/2027.

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PESI, Inc. is a provider approved by the California Board of  Registered Nursing, Provider #: 17118 for 2.0 self-study contact hours. 

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Nurses - Florida Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Florida Board of  Nursing. Provider #: FBN2858. These materials qualify for 2.0 self-study contact hours.

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Nurses - Iowa Nurses

PESI, Inc. is an approved provider by the Iowa Board of Nursing. Provider #: 346. Nurses successfully completing these self-study materials will earn 2.0 self-study contact hours. Please email with your license number, include the title, speaker name and date. PESI must have this number on file in order for your hours to be valid.

Physicians - Physicians

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. PESI, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. This activity was originally recorded on 01/15/2024. It was last reviewed on 03/23/2024 and is valid until 03/22/2027.


Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. You are required to successfully complete and submit a post-test prior to receiving a certificate of completion.

Other Professions

This self-study activity qualifies for 2.0 continuing education clock hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.



Karen LeRoy, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC's Profile

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Karen LeRoy is a family nurse practitioner specializing in primary care. She has 20+ years of nursing experience in a wide variety of settings, including telemetry, medical-surgical, primary care, physical rehabilitation and behavioral health research. As a current primary care provider, she strives to motivate and empower her patients to make healthy lifestyle choices to improve their health and reduce their risk of illness, injury and disease.

NP LeRoy is also an independent motivational interviewing trainer and has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2020. In her 15+ years of experience with behavioral health research, she utilized motivational interviewing to help clients with behavior change in areas such as weight management, smoking cessation, and substance misuse.

NP LeRoy grew up in a military family and is also an Air Force Veteran. She spent most of her growing up years in San Antonio, TX where she resides today. When not working in the clinic or training MI, she can be found hanging out with her husband and two teenagers serving in ministries together, watching movies, and enjoying an occasional sweet treat from Sonic.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Karen LeRoy has an employment relationship with the University of Virginia and receives compensation as an independent trainer. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Karen LeRoy is a member of the Texas Nurse Practitioners and Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.


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  1. Determine how MI can help their patients with healthy behavior change. 
  2. Demonstrate key MI fundamental skills. 
  3. Identify patient situations/problems where MI might be helpful. 
  4. Plan for ways to integrate an MI approach into routine patient visits. 


Healthy Lifestyle Changes are Difficult to Make: Discover the Skills to Help Your Patients Find Success 

  • The patient perspective 

  • How clinicians get in the way 

  • MI as a tool for behavior change 

Motivational Interviewing Essentials: Principles and Skills 

  • Review of the Spirit, Tasks and Skills of Motivational Interviewing 

  • Strategies for evoking change talk 

  • Techniques for responding to Sustain Talk and Discord 

  • Included updates from the 4th edition of "Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change and Grow" by William Miller and Stephen Rollnick (creators of MI) 

Integrating MI into Practice: Practical Ways to Incorporate MI During Your Patient Encounters 

  • Utilizing MI in brief encounters 

  • Integrating MI into your assessments 

  • Providing advice and information in an effective way 

  • MI for remote health encounters (telehealth) 

Target Audience

  • Nurses 
  • Physicians


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