Smoking Cessation Support Provided by Healthcare Professionals

Motivational Interviewing for Smoking Cessation

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a collaborative conversation style that strengthens a person's motivation and commitment to change. It has proven to be effective in changing addictive behaviours, especially in the context of smoking. MI is widely adopted by smoking cessation providers to assist smokers in their journey towards quitting.

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Course outline

  1. Importance of smoking cessation and how smokers initiate a behavioural change based on trans-theoretical model

  2. Importance and effectiveness of MI in smoking cessation counselling and core spirits of motivational interviewing

  3. Process of MI – engaging and the importance of empathy

  4. Core skills of MI – OARS

  5. Process of MI – focusing

  6. Process of MI – evoking, skills to evoke change talk, develop discrepancy, identify sustain talk and signals of discord, and techniques to roll with resistance

Course Evaluation - Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) and Certificate of Completion

1-3 CME/3 CNE points will be awarded to those who attain a passing score of 70%.

Please submit the completed answer sheet by email ( to the Tobacco and Alcohol Control Office, Department of Health on or before 31 December 2024.

20 Mar 2024