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

Karen LeRoy, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

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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