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COHN Webinar: Motivational Interviewing and Patient Engagement

Why don’t patients follow home care instructions?

It is often frustrating for the dental professional to spend time on patient education to find out that the patient did not follow through with instructions. How the dental professional talks with the patient about their health influences their intrinsic motivation for change.

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach that seeks to engage and activate patients in their own health. Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual’s motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own arguments for change.

The overall goal of this webinar is to provide information on motivational interviewing and behavior change.

Participants will learn:

  • Key principles of motivational interviewing.
  • How to provide information and advice effectively.
  • How to build intrinsic motivation for change.

To register and attend the webinar, you can find more information here


Rebecca Lang, EdD, RDH, MCHES

Dr. Lang is the Founder and President of LifeStrategies, a motivational interviewing and health coach training company. Becky is a licensed dental hygienist and health promotion facilitator by background and has experience working in the areas of university teaching, clinical practice, public health, consulting, training and has 14 years in the field of health coaching. She currently serves as Adjunct Professor at Des Moines University Doctor of Osteopathic program and designer and trainer for the Motivational Interviewing Physician Office Health Coach Training Program for health systems throughout the United States. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), Certified Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches, member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and member of American Dental Hygiene Association (ADHA). She is a published author including a chapter on health behavior change in a textbook for dental health professionals. She is passionate about living our best life and how we can enhance health and wellbeing in our lives and those we serve. She enjoys adventure travelling having hiked the Swiss Alps, biked Door County in WI and rode on an elephant in Africa.

She can be reached at: beckylang@icloud.com


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