Becoming Competent in Brief Behaviour Change Counselling

: R 1,304.35 incl. 0% VAT
Expiry Date
: 16/06/2025
CPD Units
: 8.00 Points
: 3.6/4
This course is the advanced Brief Behaviour Change Counselling course where you will learn skills that will assist you in helping your patients to make better lifestyle choices. The advanced course requires you to complete a practical element for 8 CPD points, while the Introductory Behaviour Change Counselling course requires that you complete MCQ’s for 4 CPD points and can be viewed here.

Improve your ability to motivate lifestyle change in your patients and reduce their risk of disease through theory, modelling, and feedback on practice. This new model of brief behaviour change counselling can be integrated into the consultation to improve physical activity, stop smoking, reduce harmful alcohol use, eat more healthily, have safer sex or improve adherence to medication. This course is aimed at all healthcare professionals to assist them, especially when dealing with high risk patients as well as those patients who seek lifestyle related advice.

8 CPD Points for 8 Hours of effort with access for 6 months

Price: R 1, 500.00 incl. VAT

Presenter and co-author: Dr Zelra Malan (Stellenbosch University)   
Co-author: Prof Bob Mash (Stellenbosch University)

Provided to you in association with the South African Academy of Family Physicians (SAAFP)
SAAFP members will receive a 15% discount on the selling price of the course, please email your SAAFP membership number to us to claim your discount. Contact us.

Healthcare professionals will benefit from this course as learning skills are demonstrated that will allow you to deliver Brief Behaviour Change Counselling (based on the best evidence available). Evidence shows that Brief Behaviour Change Counselling from a primary healthcare provider results in between 5–15% of patients changing their behaviour (examples include: increasing physical activity, stopping smoking or substance abuse, eating healthily and taking steps to address obesity or weight problems).

This course introduces a new approach to Brief Behaviour Change Counselling for healthcare professionals. The approach is rooted in both the 5A structure (Ask, Alert, Assess, Assist, and Arrange) and a guiding communication style, based on motivational interviewing principles.

Course Goal / Aim:

This course aims to train healthcare providers from diverse backgrounds, who work in a variety of settings, to use a best practice Brief Behaviour Change Counselling method for patients with risky lifestyle behaviours. Healthcare providers give evidence-based, accurate information, and offer effective guidance and referral.

Educational outcomes:

Upon completion of this course primary healthcare providers will be able to: 

  1. distinguish and recognise the directive vs guiding style when conducting Brief Behaviour Change Counselling

  2. demonstrate reflective listening during Brief Behaviour Change Counselling

  3. elicit, recognise, respond and strengthen change talk during counselling

  4. assess the patient’s readiness to change during brief behaviour change counselling

  5. exchange information in a guiding style during brief behaviour change counselling

  6. apply the 5As to each risky lifestyle behaviour and measure performance with the ABBCC tool.

Course Assessment:

Informal activities
This course contains informal activities which allows you to practice your new approach to Brief Behaviour Change Counselling on a colleague, friend, or family member, etc. The goal of this activity is to assist you in practicing the information that you have learned and contributes 10% towards your overall score in this course.

Role-play video assessment
You will be required to record yourself conducting the Brief Behaviour Change Counselling method during a consultation. Remember to always get consent from the person with whom you will be practicing this method on (i.e. a colleague, friend, or family member). A PDF Consent form is provided in the assessment section, and must be completed and uploaded with your video. Feedback will be provided by an assessor.

In order to obtain a Certificate of Competence, you need to achieve 55%. If you do not achieve this, you will not be given the opportunity to upload a second video. You will however receive a Certificate of Completion.