Recorded Symposium Session: It's My Decision: Using Motivational Interviewing and Shared Decision Making to Improve Health Outcomes

As clinicians, RDNs understand the importance of helping clients navigate decisions to change behavior and achieve meaningful outcomes. Adopting an effective style of motivational interviewing (MI) and a process of shared decision making (SDM) to improve the quality of care and enhance outcomes requires skill above entry level. In this presentation, Eileen Myers will focus on both the style of counseling and the process of decision making to ensure the client’s voice is incorporated into the decision-making process. A case study will demonstrate the relationship between MI and SDM in practice.

Learning Objectives

After attending this session, nutrition professionals should be able to:

  1. Understand the essence of motivational interviewing and learn how to implement it in your dietary practice.
  2. Understand how motivational interviewing (MI) and shared decision-making (SDM) impact quality of care.
  3. Identify similarities and differences between MI and SDM.
  4. Demonstrate effective use of MI and SDM in practice. 

Additional Information

Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 
6010, 6020, 6080
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 
8.2.4, 9.1.3, 9.6.1, 9.6.5
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Course summary
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  • 1.00 CDR
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Eileen Myers, MPH, RDN, LDN, CEDRD, FADA, FAND, is currently a nutrition and healthcare consultant to business and industry and is an adjunct faculty with the University of North Florida after retiring as Vice President, Retail Dietetics & Nutrition Solutions for The Little Clinic, a retail healthcare company operating over 200 clinics inside Kroger grocery stores.  Prior to this role, Eileen held leadership roles in the healthcare industry.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the Pennsylvania State University and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina.

Eileen has presented, written, and consulted with business and industry on the topic of behavior change for the past 30 years including developing an international motivational interviewing professional toolkit for a major pharmaceutical company.  She is skilled in stages of change, motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and shared-decision making.  Her publication, “Winning the War Within: Nutrition Therapy for Clients with Eating Disorders”, a cognitive-behavioral manual, has served as an invaluable resource for eating disorder professionals and is now on its third edition (2017).

Throughout her career, Eileen has remained an active leader within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She currently serves in the elected role on the National Nominating Committee and also serves on several other appointed committees.  Eileen also previously served as Chair of the Weight Management Dietetics Practice Group.

Eileen has received numerous awards for her contributions to the field of nutrition, including the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Medallion Award, Excellence in Practice Awards from the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition, Weight Management, and Behavioral Health Nutrition Dietetic Practice Groups.  Eileen holds many advanced credentials, including Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) and Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND).

The presenter reports the following relevant disclosures: She is on the advisory board of Nutrimedy. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 CDR


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