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Curtin, S., & Trace, A
European Journal of Dental Education
Exploring Motivational Interviewing and its philosophical alignment to an Undergraduate Behavioural Science Programme in Dentistry.
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Motivational interviewing (MI) is a client-centred, directive, therapeutic approach that

enhances clients’ readiness to change by exploring their ambivalence about doing so,

thus increasing their motivation to change, and by helping them to commit to the

process of change. MI is now being applied to dentistry in the area of oral health

e.g. smoking cessation and the prevention of early childhood caries. This aligns dentistry

with other healthcare professions in their focus on utilising MI to bring about

behavioural change. This paper focuses on how the profession of dentistry would benefit

from examining how to integrate MI both in undergraduate teaching and practice.

Currently the teaching focus in relation to MI has centred on the theoretical content

and less on underlying philosophy. This paper explores how a teaching philosophy, as

delivered in the behavioural science programme in the School of Dentistry, University

College Cork, Ireland, can provide a framework for teaching MI. Key components

within this teaching philosophy are: teaching for understanding, developing reflective

practice and student-centred teaching.

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