Why is behavior change so difficult to achieve and maintain? This course will increase your understanding of why human behavior is so complex, and why dentistry has not generally been successful in facilitating long-term patient behavior change. How many times have you had to tell the same patient that ‘just brushing’ isn’t enough? Do your dental patients seem resistant or defensive when you provide advice and suggestions about their oral health practices? What is holding you back in changing your own health-related behaviors? Learn about behavior change theory and communication strategies utilizing the concepts of motivational interviewing, as you view clinician-patient communication exchanges.
This course will allow you to:
1. See how current chronic diseases relate to health-related behavior change.
2. Discuss why changing human behavior is so challenging.
3. Learn why traditional approaches to changing oral self-care habits have been unsuccessful.
4. Discover differences between a communication monologue and dialogue.
5. Analyze therapeutic vs. non-therapeutic communication.
6. Utilize behavior change models.
7. Discover the technique of Motivational Interviewing.
8. Recognize and elicit “change-talk”.
9. Facilitate long-term behavior changes for improved oral and overall health for you and your patients.
Terri Tilliss, RDH, PhD received BS and MS degrees from the University of Iowa in Dental Hygiene. She was a faculty member in the Dental Hygiene Department at the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine for 27 years and Co-Chair for five years. She later acquired an MS degree in Counseling, and in 2006 a PhD degree in Health and Behavioral Sciences, both from the University of Colorado.
Dr. Tilliss is currently a Professor in the Department of Orthodontics where she facilitates resident research projects, teaches health communication skills to medical and dental students, and provides dental hygiene services to patients.
Her special interest areas are communication and behavior change. Dr. Tilliss publishes extensively in the dental and dental hygiene literature and presents educational programs nationally and internationally.
Caution: ADACERP guidelines states that participants must be aware that there may be potential risks of using limited knowledge when incorporating techniques and procedures into practice when they have not received supervised clinical experience or demonstrate competency.
Disclosure: Dr. Tilliss is a Key Opinion Leader for the Procter and Gamble Company
Sponsor: We appreciate the support of Procter and Gamble