So you think your can help? Communication skills that help families meet their breastfeeding goals

Time-frame: All Day
CERP: yes

How we communicate with our clients is critical to how successful our help will be. Traditionally, health care providers “inform” clients as to what they should do to improve their health. Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to improve health of both mothers and babies. By using non-traditional communication techniques, support people can increase their odds that the time they spend with their clients will be evoke the positive health changes the clients are interested in achieving. This session will focus on two techniques. The first, Motivational Interviewing, will be introduced to the participants leaving them with thought provoking new ideas about how they work together. The second technique explores how we can help our clients identify the obstacles that are preventing them from reaching their goals. The combination of helping clients identify their obstacles to success while using the collaborative communication techniques of Motivational Interviewing is powerful and will help us become stronger support people for positive health change.

Barbara D. Robertson

Country: USA
Phone number: 734-975-6534
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Robertson, Barbara D. Working and Breastfeeding: Practical Ways You Can Support Employed Breastfeeding Mothers. Clinical Lactation, 2014, 5(4), 137-140.