The aim of the study was to describe the findings of workshop training of clinical and nonâ€“clinical oral health personnel in a motivational interviewing (MI) approach to oral health counselling. A twoâ€“day workshop was conducted to provide training in MI as part of the training for a randomised controlled trial. The training involved a series of short presentations covering the principles, practice and the â€˜spiritâ€™ of the MI approach, structured practice exercises and roleâ€“play demonstrations. Participants (n=10) undertook structured practice exercises in the use of openâ€“ended questions, nonâ€“verbal listening and reflective skills, summaries and affirmations in MI. Trainees then undertook simulated parent practice exercises using roleâ€“play with performance feedback and MI with parents of preschool children in a dental care setting. The workshop was evaluated using a knowledgeâ€“based questionnaire, trainer evaluation and a Helpful Response Questionnaire. Data were analysed using the paired tâ€“test and the Wilcoxon Signed Rank test. Mean MI knowledge (from 4.3±1.5 to 6.4±1.4, p < 0.01) and Helpful Response Questionnaire scores (from 6.9 to 11.3, p < 0.01) significantly improved. The twoâ€“day workshop improved knowledge in MI and empathy among participants.
Motivational Interviewing, Oral Health Counselling, Early Childhood Caries