09/21/2023 Grand Rounds

The School of Hard Talks:How family caregivers can use motivational interviewing for better conversations with loved ones


Emily Kline, PhD
Assistant Professor,Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Director of Psychological Services, Wellness and Recovery After Psychosis Program, Department of Psychiatry, Boston Medical Center

Motivational interviewing (M) is an evidence-based technique for having effective conversations about behavior change. Decades of research show that MI is effective when used by health professionals in the context of substance use interventions, medication adherence, and lifestyle changes. Dr. Kline has taken the most important concepts from MI and simplified them for family caregivers of adolescents and young adults with mental health and substance use concerns, as well as parents hoping to have better conversations about everyday topics like homework, chores, and staying safe. This Grand Rounds lectures will describe Dr. Kline’s “motivational interviewing for loves ones’ approach, the clinical trials and evidence supporting it, how she came to write a popular audience book about her work, and how BMC clinicians can take advantage of these resources.

Learning Objectives:
    1. Describe motivational interviewing.
    2. Discuss “motivational interviewing for loves ones”.
    3. List the three most important elements for successful conversations about behavior change.