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Motivational Interviewing in health care30441/4115/1819/1/60
Study guide

Motivational Interviewing in health care

Academic year 2018-19
Is found in:
  • English programme for Health, Education and Welfare, programme stage 3
This is a single course unit.
Study load: 3 credits
Weight: 3,00
Total study time: 84,00 hours
Possible deadlines for learning account: 01.12.2018 ()

Organisation of education

Teaching Activities, Learning Activities, Assessment Activities
Lecture10,00 hours
Self-study38,00 hours
Seminar16,00 hours
Supervised independent work20,00 hours
This course unit is marked out of 20 (rounded to an integer).
Re-sit exam: is possible.
Special admission is required to enrol in this course unit under credit contract.
Co-ordinator: Callewaert Nele
Other teaching staff: Bens Ann, Callewaert Jessie, De Henauw Stefaan, Verschraegen Mia
Language course: No
Languages: English
Scheduled for: Semester 1


We can motivate why we included this course unit in the study program.
Motivational interviewing is one of the optional courses in the Nutrition and Dietetics program.
The general objective of the course unit is to train students in counseling techniques based on the motivational interviewing theories by Miller and Rollnick. Many diseases progress chronically, hence, they often require the care of medical professionals and may include coaching for behavioural change. The stages of change model by Prochaska and Diclemente is described. All stages are accompanied by different interview techniques as presented by Miller and Rollnick. The objective is to provide theoretical knowledge about these interviewing techniques. Students are also trained on putting these techniques into practice.


The course unit comprises the following parts:
Theoretical base which is mandatory to motivate patients
Motivational interviewing techniques
Course work to train the motivational interviewing techniques

Order of enrolment

There are no prerequisites for this course.


The arrangements regarding prerequisites applied for this course unit are in the Faculty’s educational and examination regulations (FOER).

Final objectives

This course unit aims to reach the Learning Outcomes according to the Codex Hoger Onderwijs.

Learning outcome 4 Communication and coaching
Programme-level learning outcome 7 Communicate in a customized, professional and clear way.
Programme-level learning outcome 8 Provide counselling and coaching to increase the motivation and well-being of individuals or groups.

Teaching methods

  • Other

Organisation of education

Interactive lecture and demonstration
Exercises: role play
Guided self-study:

This course unit supports the possibility of implementation of international guest speakers and / or visits in an international context.
Minimum number of participants: 6
Maximum number of participants: 15

Study guidance

Feedback by peers
Students instructions to implement the motivational interviewing in the cases


Examination methods in case of periodic evaluation during the first examination period
Oral examination with a written preparation time (100% of the marks)

Examination methods in case of periodic evaluation during the second examination period
An analogous exam is organized during the resits (100% of the marks)

Presence during lessons is necessary
Cf. EER HoGhent and EER Faculty Education, Health and Social Work

Other study materials

Study materials mandatory:
Slide on electronic learning platform

Study costs

The cost of the written study material is estimated at around 3 euro. Other study costs: the real cost will be determined by the activities to which the students participate.

Key words

Motivational interviewing