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Health Behaviour Change

HBC is a clinical skill set that can be utilized during conversations with clients related to behaviours that impact health. HBC provides tools to engage with clients in a way that increases the likelihood of change towards healthier behaviors and outcomes. HBC is based on Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing skills.

Frequently Asked Questions for Health Professionals

Why is HBC important?

Studies demonstrate improved outcomes including client improvements in following rehabilitation programs, managing addictions, quitting smoking, taking medications as directed, eating a healthy diet, getting exercise, and practicing safer sex.

How do I access training?

A two-part education course has been developed. Part one is an online Learning Management System (LMS) module called Health Behaviour Change: The Fundamentals, which takes about 60 minutes to complete. This is followed by Health Behaviour Change Part 2: In-person Practical Workshop. Part two is a half-day session that is skills-based. The LMS module is a prerequisite for the classroom training.

  • Sign-up for both sessions on the LMS. Click on the Courses / Registration tab at the top, then Clinical Skills > Health Care Initiatives). Please note an account is required to use the LMS. The home page contains information, how to use the LMS including how to create an account, which browsers are compatible with the LMS and other pertinent information.


Who should be trained?

This training is encouraged as a core competency for all health professionals. It is recommended that managers work with their teams to co-ordinate a training plan. It is encouraged that all team members have some training in HBC, so managers are asked to plan how each team member who has not had training on this recently can be scheduled to attend. It may be desirable for an entire team to complete the LMS and then attend a classroom session together, or it may only be feasible to stagger the team members’ training throughout the year.

What does this mean to me?

As care providers, we have committed to enhancing client experience and delivering quality, caring services that promote health and well-being. Utilizing HBC in clinical practice will promote positive outcomes and engagement. Therefore, teams are requested to strategize for how HBC will be embedded and sustained in everyday practice. Training is only the first step; changing practice is the key to seeing better outcomes. Managers need to lead discussions with their teams about how to support this practice (in case conferences, individual practice, etc.) and ensure awareness of the available tools and resources.

Where Do I Access Additional HBC Tools and Resources?

  • Repeat the LMS module Health Behaviour Change: The Fundamentals
  • Repeat the workshop Health Behaviour Change Part 2: In-person Practical Workshop
  • Work within your team to integrate HBC language into case conference and documentation
  • Practice HBC skills on your own or with a colleague
  • Find a mentor
  • Try advanced training opportunities and resources (see below)
  • Approach your manager for HBC support or other skill development opportunities

For further skill development, the following options are listed for consideration. Please note the WRHA does not endorse any external site or program linked here:

  • 2008 WRHA Facilitators Workbook & Manual: This manual was created to support the first HBC training in our region. Although the instruction has since been redesigned, the workbook and manual remain relevant resources.  
  • FIT online Motivational Interviewing course: This low cost course has a focus on addictions and co-occurring addition and mental health issues. The skills taught are applicable to a wide range of health behaviours, making this an affordable and applicable 2nd level of training for all those who have taken WRHA HBC training. Provides a deeper dive into the skills and concepts covered in the WRHA training modules to further advance your skills.
  • Youtube videos on Motivational Interviewing
  • This site has a focus on chronic disease management, with skills and tools that are broadly applicable.
MINT website (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers):

For Trained Facilitators:

The following is to be used in Part 2 In-Person Workshop.  We encourage Facilitators at Group sessions to refer Participants to this link where these training materials can be used as a reference:

Health Behaviour Change Part 2:  In-Person Practical Workshop Powerpoint Presentation - Updated July 2018 - Version 1

Health Behaviour Change Part 2:  In-Person Practical Workshop Powerpoint Presentation - Updated July 2018 - Version 2

Health Behaviour Change Part 2:  Participant Handouts

Health Behaviour Change Part 2:  Presenter's Toolkit
Health Behaviour Change Part 2: Online Participant Workbook

Health Behaviour Change Self-Assessment Survey

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