Caring Interventions in Early Recovery Promote Change Readiness

Change is hard. Talking about change is hard. Successfully making a change requires three elements: readiness, willingness and ability. This webinar will provide an overview of how these three elements can promote successful and intentional behavior change. Danielle O’Brien-Day will discuss applications to the patient population, including individuals presenting with substance and opioid use disorder (SUD/OUD). She will review the Stages of Change and the key tasks for each stage as well as suggest ways to introduce Change Talk providing examples of how this promotes change readiness with SUD/OUD. The webinar will focus on early-stage interventions aligning with typical presentation for emergency department and primary care locations. Lastly, available SUD/OUD community resources will be shared to support individuals in need.

This course, in its entirety, will take an estimated 48 minutes to complete.

Transcript available upon request. 

This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,000,000 with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

Target Audience

  • Hospital and clinic providers
  • Hospital and clinic nursing and care coordination staff
  • Pharmacists
  • Emergency department staff

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss guiding principles of Motivational Interviewing
  • Review the Stages of Change and application to SUD/OUD
  • Identify early-stage appropriate tasks/interventions (Precontemplation/Contemplation)
  • Utilize Change Talk to promote change readiness with SUD/OUD
  • Review community SUD/OUD resource support options and gain confidence in sharing with patients
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Danielle O’Brien-Day, LMHC, NCC

Danielle O’Brien-Day, LMHC, NCC, joined Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa (CHCSI) in 2010. She earned her Master of Science from St. Cloud State University. She is the Behavioral Health Director for CHCSI and serves patients in the Chariton offices and Chariton School District. She also is the Behavioral Health Representative for the Iowa Primary Care Association.


Daniell Peterson, CADC, BA

Daniell Peterson, CADC, BA joined CHCSI in 2019. She earned her bachelor’s degree in human services and psychology with minors in sociology and trauma advocacy from Buena Vista University. A Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a passion to help, Peterson provides services in the Chariton and Albia offices.

No continuing education is provided for this course. The user will receive a certificate of completion upon completing the course.

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