Motivational Interviewing for Adolescent Health Behavior
by Cathy Cole
Learn how to effectively support and empower adolescents dealing with health concerns using Motivational Interviewing skills and techniques.

Part of the 4-video series: Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents
In this course, MI trainer Cathy Cole, LCSW, outlines the basic principles of MI known as the "MI Spirit," and together with colleague Nikki Cockern, PhD, demonstrates how to apply these principles in 4 sessions with high school and college-age teens dealing with serious health issues: HIV, weight management, Type 1 diabetes, and risky sexual behavior.

Covering the four MI processes, change talk and sustain talk, and “the righting reflex”—our natural yet ill-advised urge to “fix” our clients—Cole emphasizes the method’s nonjudgmental, client-centered nature.

In sessions with Sean, Carlotta, Olga, and Missy, you’ll observe how to use MI to manage risk, communicate nonjudgment, deepen rapport, and draw out your clients’ innate strengths. This video also offers realistic commentary, in which Cole discusses both the successes and the challenges of each session and how to work with your own “righting reflex.”

You will see why MI is so widely adopted in health-care settings and how its spirit of collaboration reduces resistance and promotes adolescent interest in change.

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What therapists are saying…

“Cathy Cole embodies the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and the posture of curiosity that makes MI so effective. A trainer for over 20 years, Cole masterfully demonstrates high level MI while breaking down each session in a way that demystifies the process. This video can serve as a great introduction or a more advanced tutorial of MI skills for those that have difficult conversations about change with adolescents.”

-- Scott Kerby, MA LPC, Member of MINT

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As therapists, we need a strong, connected therapeutic alliance with our clients to make progress. Yet, given our field’s tendency to train us to advise, direct, prescribe, or otherwise take the lead, this alliance—and our clients’ sense of autonomy and agency—can be compromised. In this excellent new video, Motivational Interviewing expert Cathy Cole offers practical tools to help you support and empower adolescents dealing with health concerns, in the spirit of attunement and partnership. You’ll watch Cole and her colleague apply MI to four engaging sessions with teenage clients, and you’ll learn strategies for applying these skills in your own practice.

Cole begins with an overview of MI’s key principles. You’ll learn about the “MI Spirit”; the open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections, and summaries (otherwise known as OARS) that comprise MI’s skill set; the four MI processes of engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning; change talk and sustain talk; and “the righting reflex.” In sessions with Sean, Carlotta, Olga, and Missy, you’ll observe how to use MI to manage risk, communicate nonjudgment, deepen rapport, and draw out your clients’ innate strengths. This video also offers realistic commentary, in which Cole discusses both the successes and the challenges of each session and then discusses how to work with your own “righting reflex” to clinical benefit.

This video is an necessary resource for clinicians who want proven strategies for using Motivational Interviewing with teens, health issues, or even the general population.

By watching this video, you will:
• Understand the key tenets of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and its application to adolescent health behavior.
• Learn how to engage and empower clients using a collaborative, nonjudgmental approach.
• Gain helpful tools for working with your own urges to advise or “fix” a client.

Length of video: 03:06:21

Number of Discs: 1

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

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Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-533-5

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-533-5

Cathy Cole, LCSW, has trained thousands of diverse professionals in MI since 1995, and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. She maintains an active clinical practice, and can be reached through her website, cathycoletraining.com.

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CE credits: 3

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the key tenets of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and its application to adolescent health behavior.
  • Learn how to engage and empower clients using a collaborative, nonjudgmental approach.
  • Gain helpful tools for working with your own urges to advise or “fix” a client.
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