Community Rounds
June 30, 2021

Motivational Interviewing: Evidence-Based Strategies and Principles for Guiding Conversations With Your Patients

Peter Jackson, MD

Our speaker is Peter Jackson, MD, Co-Director of Clinical Affairs, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UVM Larner College of Medicine, Burlington, VT.​ ​In this session, Dr. Jackson shares practical ways to implement and utilize motivational interviewing (MI) in a rural healthcare setting to foster change. Dr. Jackson covers the four guiding principles of MI, the spirit of MI, and how to honor autonomy in a way that creates an environment of collaboration, empowerment, and hope. Attendees learn how to uncover what motivates their patients to change and review active listening and productive communication strategies.

Learning Objectives:​

  1. Understand the spirit and key guiding principles of MI
  2. Learn how to honor patient autonomy and foster collaboration​
  3. Increase capacity to discover and reinforce patients’ motivation for change by meeting them where they’re at
  4. Identify how incorporating MI into practice can improve patient relationships and decrease burnout
  5. Consider the specific application of these principles in rural areas


Peter Jackson, MD

Peter Jackson, MD

Dr. Jackson is an Assistant Professor at the UVM Larner College of Medicine and UVM Medical Center where he specializes in both child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. In both the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry he currently serves on committees responsible for preventing and treating substance use disorders in teens. He completed medical school at the University of Utah School of Medicine, residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center, and completed fellowships in both child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. His writing and teaching have included additional emphasis on the role of parents and family members in the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders.