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Motivational Interviewing - theory and practice

Motivational Interviewing (MS) is a patient-centered, directive psychotherapeutic approach developed by Rollnick and Miller, which has proved particularly useful in psychiatry. Both communication with patients and the effectiveness of therapeutic procedures and in particular behavioral change processes can benefit from this set of strategies.

In the psychiatric context, motivation may be pathologically compromised. Adherence to treatment is hampered by the characteristics of the disease, as well as by the profile of the drugs in use. The mastery of techniques and respect for the principles of MS can contribute to a differentiated clinical approach and a specific communication pattern by amplifying the benefits of a collaborative clinical-patient relationship.


This course aims to increase theoretical knowledge and competence in the use of motivational strategies. It also aims to promote the capacity to identify obstacles and resistance to therapeutic adherence and changes in behavior in the context of psychiatric illness, and to consolidate attitudes of understanding, tolerance and empathy.

Professional Abilities

To Enhance students’ knowledge in the theoretical background of MI, namely motivation theories and stages of change theory. Identify the principles of MS, master the specific communication strategies and technics underlying IM.

Develop skills to facilitate behavior change, increase adherence to treatment, and promote patient motivation. Acquire strategies applicable to clinical practice in promoting healthy behaviors.


Degree in Medicine.

Trainee in psychiatry or in child and adolescent psychiatry

The predominant language in the teaching of this course is Portuguese.

Candidates will be selected taking into account the specific training area:

1st - interns of psychiatry and/or interns of child and adolescence psychiatry: 4th year - 8 points; 3rd year - 6 points; 2nd year - 5 points; 1st year - 4 points

In case of a tiebreaker: preference for the higher year of specific training,

2st – Psychiatrists and child and adolescent psychiatrists:

> 10 years of exercise: 5 points; 5-10 years of exercise: 4 points;

In case of a tiebreaker: preference for the lower number of years as specialist

General information

Teacher Responsible: Margarida Braga
Acronym: EM
Type of course/cycle of study: Continuing Training Course
Start: 2018/2019

Study Plan


  • Motivational Interviewing - theory and practice (4,5 ECTS credits)

Predominant Scientific Areas

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