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Using Motivational Interviewing with Serious Mental illness to Address Medication Non-Adherence, Create Change and Enhance Stability

November 19 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Medication non-adherence can be conceptualized as a choice to not take psychotropic medications as prescribed, and non-adherence is currently estimated at approximately 49% in the Serious Mental Illness (SMI) population. Consequences of non-adherence include: re-hospitalization, lower quality of life, relapse of symptoms, increased co-morbid medical conditions, and increased suicidality. This webinar will review the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing (MI) as an evidence-based, brief intervention to increase medication adherence. Special emphasis will be placed on application of the most current practice of MI including adaptations of skills to work more effectively with both positive and negative symptoms present within SMI and the use of value-card sorting to evoke change and enhance overall stability.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain medication non-adherence through the MI specific lens of ambivalence regarding motivation to not take psychotropic medications as prescribed
  • Summarize adaptations of MI to effectively work with consumers experiencing positive and/or negative symptoms, which are often associated with SMI
  • Describe how the use of value-card sorting within the context of an Motivational Interviewing session can assist in the evocation of change talk and enhance stability.


November 19
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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SMI Adviser