Patient-centered care: Implementing harm reduction & motivational interviewing

Harm reduction is a range of public health policies designed to reduce the harmful consequences associated with various human behaviors, both legal and illegal. Harm reduction policies are used to manage behaviors such as recreational drug use and sexual activity in numerous settings that range in services. Motivational Interviewing is a person-centered, evidence-based, goal-oriented, strengths-based method and for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence with the individual. To effectively facilitate harm/risk reduction changes for individuals, we must apply motivational interviewing skills to facilitate behavior change.

Learning Objects:

  • Define harm/risk Reduction as it applies to HIV prevention
  • Explain client/patient-centered harm/risk reduction practices
  • Discuss what Motivational Interviewing is
  • Practice Motivational Interviewing for the purposes of harm reduction


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