Brief Action Planning

Behavioural Change

Brief Action Planning is a highly structured, stepped-care, self-management support technique grounded in the principles and practice of Motivational Interviewing and behavior change theory and research (Gutnick et al 2014)

Brief Action Planning is a structured way of interacting with individuals interested in making a concrete action plan for some aspect of their health. It is based on the principles and practice of Motivational Interviewing and is supported by evidence from behavioural science and self-management support.  The core skills of Brief Action Planning can be learned by anyone interested in supporting others to make change.

The Brief Action Planning Guide describes the process in detail and the Brief Action Planning Flow Chart provides an overview.  For versions in other languages see the Resources section (below).

The following video shows Dr. Lucy Nee demonstrating Brief Action Planning with patients with musculoskeletal issues. These interactions occur towards the end of the visit.

Learning Brief Action Planning

Brief Action Planning is taught in small workshops or via a web-based module.  Practice and feedback sessions provide the learner an opportunity to become comfortable with the Brief Action Planning skills.

Interested individuals have the option of becoming certified in Brief Action Planning. Certification involves recording an interaction with a Standardized Patient that is evaluated using a standardized rating form.

Contact us to find out how to get started.

Schedule for Brief Action Planning Practice Call and Certification Calls

Practice your Brief Action Planning skills to gain confidence by calling in to our drop-in calls.  Most people attend 2 practice sessions before certification in BAP.

Ready to practice? Schedule Here

Ready for certification? Schedule Here

Contact us for information about the certification fee

Interested in training your staff as BAP Trainers? Find more information here


Language BAP Flow Chart BAP Guide
English BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide
French BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide 
Punjabi BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide 
Chinese-Simplified Characters BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide 
Chinese- Traditional Characters BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide
Spanish BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide 
Russian BAP Flow Chart  BAP Guide

Worksheets for Making Brief Action Plans

Thanks to collaborators and practitioners who have assisted with the following worksheets for people to use to record their Brief Action Plans.

New Action Planning Tool November 2014:

CCMI has collaborated with Patient Voices Network Volunteers ( to create a tool to help patients and clinicians work at making an action plan for behaviour change using the concepts from Brief Action Planning (BAP):

The tool is now in a testing mode.  We would appreciate any feedback that you might have  on the tool (its form, possible usage).

Here is the most recent version of the tool.  Please download it and use it in your daily practice: BAP_Goal_Setting_Worksheet_2015-03-16

If you have questions about the tool or want to give us feedback please write to

Goal Setting With Clouds Worksheet.  Available in: English  |  Chinese  |  Punjabi


Overview of BAP and the BC story:

Watch a 50 minute webinar for members of the Patient Voices Network on BAP in BC

Link: Brief Action Planning in BC

 BAP Videos:

Check out our videos page which highlights the use of BAP in various settings.

BAP Video Page



Read about BAP in the Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management.

Download: Gutnick et. al PDF

BAP White Paper

The White Paper provides additional description and background about BAP: BAP White Paper

PLEASE NOTE: The White Paper was updated on 2014-09-30