Motivational Interviewing in Health Care

Ep 15 – Motivational Interviewing in Health Care

Dr. Damara Gutnick, MD joins Glenn and Sebastian on this episode to talk about Motivational Interviewing in Health Care. Motivational Interviewing in Health CareDamara is the medical director of the Montefiore Hudson Valley Collaborative (MHVC) in New York State. She is an Associate Professor in the departments of Epidemiology and Population Health, Family Medicine, & Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and Director of Quality and Research at the non-profit Centre for Collaboration, Motivation & Innovation ( A trainer, clinician, and member of the MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers), Dr. Gutnick is passionate about encouraging clinicians to incorporate the “spirit” of MI into their discussions with patients and dedicated to integrating MI based best practices into health care delivery systems to improve patient engagement in their care.   Damara has presented MI based workshops at national and international forums including the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI), American College of Physicians (ACP), the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the MINT Forum. Glenn and Sebastian talk with Damara about incorporating MI into the world of a busy physician through more efficient, effective, and even joyful conversations.

0:00 – Opening/introduction

3:20 – Damara’s early MI story and the collaborative care model

14:45 – Preventing burnout: A shift from “What’s the matter?” to “What matters to you?”

31:00 – “I don’t have time!” A sprinkling of MI in seven to nine minutes

45:00 – Change talk and the stages of change model

52:20 – “Graceful exits” and self-compassion

57:00 – “Starting small” as an MI learner

1:00:00 – Health care transformation in New York State: “Whole person health”

1:04:00 – Closing and contact information

1:07:30 – End of recording

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