Mobility Transition Counseling (MTC) is a collaborative, professional intervention to facilitate and implement a planned transition for optimal personal mobility. MTC focuses on mobility transitions common in advancing age (e.g., the transition from driving to non-driving mobility), but the principles and general approach are applicable to other populations (e.g., those adjusting to new or changing disability status). Read on to learn about MTC training options.
MTC is both person-centered and solution-focused. It is based on the notion that mobility management and transportation plans work best when tailored to fit the attitudes, beliefs and needs of the individual client. An important component of the MTC approach is person-specific assessment. The Assessment of Readiness for Mobility Transition (ARMT) is an evidence-based tool designed to raise awareness about mobility loss and to assess attitudes which may support and/or hinder productive planning. ARMT scores help direct the mobility interviewing process and, together with data from other tools and strategies, form the basis for a tailored mobility solution for the individual client.
This website is intended to train social service and health professionals in the MTC approach for incorporation into general practice with older adults. Concerns about personal mobility —whether related to ambulation, fall risk, use of public transportation, driving a car — are ubiquitous in gerontological practice today. Transitions in mobility status are commonplace, and all professionals in aging can benefit from skills and tools to make such transitions as smooth and successful as possible.
The MTC Intiative is made possible, in part, due to funding and instrumental support from the National Center on Senior Transprotation and the Retirement Research Foundation. Founders of the MTC Initiative, Tom Meuser, PhD, and Marla Berg-Weger, PhD, are thankful to the University of Missouri - St. Louis for providing web resources to host this site.