Behavioral Health Counseling Techniques. Internal or external behavioral health service providers should be trained in evidence-based techniques to provide counseling or therapy to patients with opioid use disorders. Methods may include cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, contingency management, and mindfulness-based stress reduction, among others. This training may occur as part of their initial education or clinical training or ongoing training, education, and supervision.
Training To Support Medication Management Visits. Training in motivational interviewing and basic behavior change techniques can help prescribers conduct more successful medication management visits. In particular, motivational interviewing is an important skill that all providers and staff should have. Motivational interviewing helps providers understand what really matters to the patients, why they are in treatment, and how they define success.
Motivational enhancement techniques can be used during initial clinical assessments and ongoing medication management visits to develop a treatment plan that meets patients’ needs. To encourage retention in treatment, providers should ask their patients what might lead them to discontinue treatment and what the providers and practice staff can do to help ensure patients attend their scheduled visits. Learn more about how to enhance motivation for change in opioid use disorder treatment with motivational interviewing.