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Motivational Interviewing for Health Professionals

Workshop topic: Patient-centred communication when treating chronic pain – Integrating Motivational Interviewing

About Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is recognised as an effective approach for increasing treatment adherence in people with chronic pain.

In combination with thorough examination and comprehensive history taking, motivational interviewing helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their behaviour.

It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that forms part of a bio-psychosocial model of care and takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.


Workshop Information

Presented by Professor Peter O’Sullivan, PhD, Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist (FACP), this workshop will include a conceptual overview of current evidence around the integration of motivational interviewing for supporting treatment of patients with chronic pain as part of a biopsychosocial model of care in the primary care setting.

It will provide illustrative case studies and opportunities for collaborative learning through discussion and a formal question and answer session towards the end of the evening.


Learning outcomes

  • Understand systematic clinical assessment and history taking of chronic pain.
  • Apply Motivational Interviewing as a therapeutic approach to improve chronic pain treatment adherence.
  • Understand Cognitive Functional Therapy as a biopsychosocial model of care with chronic pain patients.


Date & Time: Thursday 24th February 2022, 6pm (with light refreshments on arrival) for 6.30-8.30pm workshop

Venue: Wanneroo Cultural Centre Theatrette, 3 Rocca Way Wanneroo

RACGP Points: 4

Cost: Free (Light refreshments will be provided)

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