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ARESC-2023 School Nurse Academy: Motivational Interviewing for School Nurses

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a brief client-centered counseling style used to motivate adolescents and adults to change risky behaviors and adopt healthy or productive behaviors that align with their values. Motivational Interviewing can be used by school nurses in their conversations with students. The four processes of MI (Engagement, Focus, Evocation of Change Talk, and Planning for Change) will be reviewed. We will practice ways to elicit, recognize, and respond to change talk to help adolescent students achieve their goals. When engaging in MI, the use of OARS (open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries) helps with the facilitation. We will discuss how MI strategies can be used in consultation with other school professionals on behalf of students of all ages. Motivational Interviewing is a style that can help build a growth mindset in students helping to lead school cultures and climates that are safe and engaging. This activity has been submitted to the Midwest Multistate Division for approval to award contact hours. The Midwest Multistate Division is accredited as an approver of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. For more information regarding contact hours, please call Cheria McDonald, BSN, RN, NCSN 501-607-4208.

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Participants not under contract with ARESC's Member districts will be charged a fee of $25 per day, or $15 per half day. Payment is required prior to the event session.Disclaimer*** Registered participants who do not attend and fail to cancel their registration will be held liable for the registration fee if applicable. If paying day of cash only please.

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Credits Available:
(6.5) Hours
Seats Filled:
35 / 100
Contact Person:
FaSeeia Preston
Nicole Fairchild
Cheria McDonald
Counselors, School Nurse
Date Time Location
11/7/2023 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative - Arkansas River ESC - Auditorium

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