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Clinical Conversations Training Program

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Evaluation & Planning

Suggested NNLM Courses for Facilitator Preparation

MedlinePlus for Public Librarians: Discover the history, selection criteria and sources of MedlinePlus through this on-demand, hands-on tutorial. Designed to take about an hour to complete, the narrated tutorial explains how to locate information on health topics, drugs, and supplements in MedlinePlus.gov, highlighting additional tools and the authoritative sources from which MedlinePlus.gov draws its health information.

Motivational Interviewing

Eight modules that cover the basics of motivational interviewing and how it can be used in the context of the transtheoretical model (stages of change). Each module is made up of a PowerPoint presentation with speaker notes, handout, and e-mail follow ups that a facilitator can send to trainees between modules. This subject also includes a pre and post evaluation to assess participants' change in knowledge and a planning guide for a facilitator to organize when they will teach these modules and use the follow up content. Select the links below to download these training materials.

If a facilitator teaches the Clinical Conversations topics in an order other than the one suggested on the "About this Program" page, they should consider teaching the following modules with the Cultural Humility section to ensure participants have a background in relevant NLM resources.

  • Health Literacy Module 3: Resources for Health Literacy- after MI module 8 to further describe the resource introduced during modules 4 and 6

Module 1: Introduction & the Spirit of MI

Module 2: Getting Started

Module 3: Introduction to the TTM

Module 4: Precontemplation

Module 5: Contemplation

Module 6: Preparation

Module 7: Action

Module 8: Maintenance

More Information

The goal of Clinical Conversations is to increase awareness of and discussion around clinical topics related to health information and health literacy. While they are valuable tools for busy clinical settings, there are additional resources for someone who wants to dive deeper into one of the module topics. Additional education and training on the concepts in the Motivational Interviewing topic include:

Blending Initiative Motivational Interviewing CME/CE and Patient Simulation (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Training that offers practical guidance for physicians and other clinicians in effective Motivational Interviewing techniques that will facilitate conversations with patients to address Health Risk Behaviors. Includes and course and a patient simulation.

Integrating Primary Care Practices and Community-based Resources to Manage Obesity (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
AHRQ resources and case study on motivational interviewing to support patient engagement in chronic disease management.


  • Gold, M., Kelly, T. & Douihy, A. (2015). Motivational Interviewing: A Guide for Medical Trainees. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Rollnick, S., Miller, W. & Butler, C. (2008). Motivational Interviewing in Healthcare. New York: Guilford Press.

Download a handout of these additional resources to distribute to training participants.