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Holding Space

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing Training

Years ago, I came across this idea that our presence—the way we hold space for people—is the most motivating thing about us. In Motivational Interviewing, we often talk about the spirit and the skills. You can do the skills, like ask open-ended questions, but if you don’t embody the spirit of MI when you ask…

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Trauma Stewardship

How do we reduce clinician burnout? What helps people develop resiliency, so that the important work they do in the world isn’t hindered by vicarious trauma and their own lack of self-care? The cumulative aspect of ongoing exposure to suffering and trauma is largely ignored in health care, criminal justice, and other fields. Laura van…

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Redefining Success

In our work, we find we talk a lot about this idea of redefining success. Both motivational interviewing (MI) and Health at Every Size® (HAES) ask people to do this. MI encourages clinicians to embrace the different possibilities, besides action, for defining a successful encounter. Many health care providers judge their success by asking this question: Did…

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Nobody benefits when we see a healthy body ONLY as a thin body

We believe there is beauty and worth in EVERY body, and that benefits when we see a healthy body only as a thin body. Unfortunately, many helping professionals don’t look at the research on weight and health with a critical eye, and they also aren’t immune to the onslaught of media messages promoting the thin ideal.In our practice,…

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Mine for Strengths

Motivational interviewing is a strengths-based model. We seek every opportunity to affirm, compliment, and reinforce the client’s past successes and future hopes, their efforts to change things, and their humanity, character and spirit as a fellow human being. We recently heard this story about a Florida special education teacher who spends 10 minutes at the start of…

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