About 60 St. Clair College BScN students in their final semester took part in the workshop, which is sponsored by the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre.
"The interactive workshop is designed for health professionals in clinical practice who wish to enhance their communication and caring skills when assessing and counseling clients and families," explained St. Clair Nursing Faculty Beverley Jones.
Some of the teaching modalities included video-based scenarios, role playing and problem solving situations.
"These scenarios are based on real-life situations as clients make health care choices and lifestyle changes including, but not limited to, managing chronic conditions," said Jones.
The workshop, called Choices & Changes: Clinician Influence and Patient Action, took a look at several lifestyle changes healthcare professionals can assist patients with, such as enhanced physical activity, reduced salt in daily patterns and setting the plan for smoking cessation.
"Nurses are partners with clients who make difficult health promotion changes," explained Jones. "In this workshop, student nurses learned and practiced the techniques of motivational interviewing and the process of health promotion planning with clients."
This is the third year the workshop was offered to St. Clair Nursing students.