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Motivational Interviewing Complements Work Rehabilitation Practice With Injured Workers

Thursday, July 20th 2017, 2:00 PM PDT, 5:00 PM EDT


​It is well understood that psychosocial and behavioral factors associated with musculoskeletal disorders are important barriers to successful return-to- work outcomes. However, there are few evidence-based methods in work rehabilitation that ​effectively ad​dress these barriers. Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered approach designed to facilitate behavior change. The approach views individuals as dynamic and complex, driven by contending and conflicting motives, resulting in ambivalence and fluctuating degrees of self-efficacy. Thus, Motivational Interviewing appears to be especially compatible for addressing psychosocial aspects related to behavior change. The applicability of Motivational Interviewing across a variety of issues, its brief and specific interactions, and practical use in combination with other active treatment methods has intrigued many health care practitioners and led to explorations of the utility of Motivational Interviewing in other areas of health care practice.

Participants will learn:
  • Define and review current evidence on motivational interviewing
  • Discuss how the Readiness for Change model can provide a framework for understanding the process of behaviour change with injured workers
  • Discuss how Motivational Interviewing can provide the means to facilitate behaviour change process
  • Present results of a recent clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing for improving return-to-work rates with injured workers​

Douglas Gross PhD, BScPT ​

University of Alberta

Douglas Gross PhD, BScPT is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He is also Director of the Rehabilitation Research Centre, a research consulting organization at the University of Alberta. His research primarily focuses on individuals with musculoskeletal conditions, including investigating the effectiveness of clinical and public health interventions, work disability prevention, and clinical decision support tools. He has given numerous national and international presentations and published over 90 articles and book chapters​

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Joanne  Park PhD, BScOT 

University of Alberta

Joanne Park has worked as an Occupational Therapist in the area of work rehabilitation for over 12 years. As an Occupational Therapist she completes musculoskeletal assessments, functional capacity evaluations, brain injury assessments, and job demands analyses. She is also a sessional instructor for the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta.  She has recently completed her PhD at the University of Alberta and her research includes the evaluation of motivational interviewing as an intervention to improve return-to-work rates with injured workers.


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