An evaluation of a brief motivational interviewing training course for HIV/AIDS counsellors in Western cape Province, South Africa

TitleAn evaluation of a brief motivational interviewing training course for HIV/AIDS counsellors in Western cape Province, South Africa
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsEvangeli, M, Engelbrecht, S-K, Swartz, L, Turner, K, Forsberg, L, Soka, N
JournalAIDS Care
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place PublishedUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0954-01211360-0451
Accession Number2009-02796-008. First Author & Affiliation: Evangeli, Michael
KeywordsAIDS, counselors, HIV, HIV/AIDS, motivational interviewing, Training, training course

[Correction Notice: An erratum for this article was reported in Vol 21(4) of AIDS Care (see record 2009-06444-018). In the article, the affiliations of Sarah-Kate Engelbrecht was incorrect. The correct affiliations is: Michael Evangeli[sup]a[/sup]*, Sarah-Kate Engelbrecht[sup]a[/sup], Leslie Swartz[sup]a,c[/sup], Karen Turner[sup]b[/sup], Lisa Forsberg[sup]d[/sup] and Nosiphiwo Soka[sup]e.[/sup][sup]a[/sup]Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; [sup]b[/sup]Independent Educational Consultant; [sup]c[/sup]Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa; [sup]d[/sup]Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden; [sup]e[/sup]Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, University of Cape Town, South Africa.] HIV/AIDS counselling in South Africa covers a range of areas of prevention and treatment with a commonly used model of lay counsellors trained by non-governmental organisations and working alongside professionals in public health settings. This study presents a single group evaluation of a six-session (12-hour) course of Motivational Interviewing (MI) delivered to 17 HIV/AIDS lay counsellors working in peri-urban settings in Western Cape Province, South Africa. Counsellors reported that they used MI techniques both at the start and at the end of the training. In addition, they reported confidence in their ability to influence their clients’ motivation at both time points. The results from the ratings of role play performance showed that there was a marked change in emphasis over the group of counsellors from MI non-adherent practice before training (with advice giving, directiveness, control and confrontation) to more MI adherent practice (asking permission before giving advice, emphasising client autonomy, affirming the client and stressing the client’s responsibility to change) at the end of the training. Only a small proportion of the counsellors reached the level of beginning proficiency (according to the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity code) on the measure of the ratio of MI adherent to non-adherent responses. The ratio of reflections to questions and the percentage of open questions also showed improvements in performance across the group but generally to levels below that suggesting beginning proficiency in MI. There was no evidence of any change on global therapist ratings (of empathy and the spirit of MI, i.e. collaboration, evocation and autonomy support) or the percentage of complex reflections across the group of counsellors. Possible explanations for the results and public health implications are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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