Ep 49 – Motivational Interviewing in Physio-Physical Therapy

Physio-Physical Therapy

Glenn and Seb welcomed Maddy Nicholson to the podcast to discuss MI in physio-physical therapy for chronic pain. Maddy has been a registered physiotherapist for 15 years, Physio-Physical Therapyspecialising for 10 years as a clinical specialist physiotherapist in persistent pain management. She is currently working as a senior lecturer and programme leader for physiotherapy at Wrexham Glyndwr University in Wales, UK. Maddy is currently a PhD student at Sheffield Hallam University with Professor Jeff Breckon as director of studies, where she is exploring MI in Musculoskeletal physiotherapy care.

She became a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) after attending the training for new trainers (TNT) in Estonia in 2019 and has delivered MI training to psychology trainees, student and registered physiotherapists, sports injury rehabilitation students, occupational therapists, dieticians, substance misuse workers and medical practitioners.

Maddy enjoys being involved in the MINT community within events such as MINT UK forum, MINT forum, ‘MINT around the clock’ and the MI ‘playground’.

00:00 – Introduction and episode preview

05:43 – Maddy’s intro and early MI story

11:43 – How does MI fit in the world of a physio?

18:00 – Getting “underneath” the change talk

28:04 – “The swivel chair” story: Letting emotion in the room

33:50 – Using MI in a multidisciplinary approach for chronic pain

46:30 – Genuineness in affirmations

53:55 – Embodying MI as a university lecturer

59:45 – Maddy’s new lecturer role and her Ph.D.

1:04:11 – End of interview

1:04:18 – Maddy’s role play – Using MI with a person with back pain

1:19:50 – Role play debrief

1:46:57 – End of episode

Links and contact information:
Twitter: @motivationalmad

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