Motivational Interviewing - Lesson 3A: Video Exercise 1


  1. Download this Observer Sheet to document what you observed of Dr. Selby demonstrating the Spirit of MI and the use of the OARS in the video link below.
  2. Watch this short video of Dr. Selby demonstrating the four principles of Motivational Interviewing and complete your observer sheet.
  3. Response to discussion question using the comment board below. Note: You must post your response by 5PM ET the day before the next  live webinar session to earn your certificate of completion.

Discussion Question: How did Dr. Selby express empathy to his clients during his interaction? Please provide examples of verbal and non verbal communications. Were there any missed opportunities to use Motivational Interviewing skills?

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Comment on “Motivational Interviewing - Lesson 3A: Video Exercise 1

  1. During Dr. Shelby's session with his client, he appeared to express sincere empathy with his client in numerous ways.

    Non-verbally, Dr. Shelby appeared engaged in the client's responses since he was leaning forward facing the client, often nodding, saying "yeah" as an indication that he was following along and smiling.

    Some verbal cues that indicated empathy included when the doctor apologized for misunderstanding the client, stating, "I don't walk in your shoes" and "I apologize for that". The doctor also reflectively listened empathetically when the client stated that quitting had made her tearful and upset; Dr Shelby said "that's hard" and "when you do quit it's really hard for you".

    In terms of missed opportunities to use Motivational Interviewing skills, Dr. Shelby did not ask open ended questions, apart from the first sequence when he asked how the client's attempts at quitting smoking had gone. For instance, the doctor could have asked what had triggered the client to start smoking when she had previously quit for that month.

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