Managing Weight Loss with Motivational Interviewing
by Cathy Cole

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The challenges surrounding weight loss can be complex, and effective clinicians must do more than simply offering advice on diet and exercise. Discover how to use MI techniques to get to the core of your clients’ barriers to weight loss so they can begin to affect meaningful change in their lives.
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Motivational Interviewing has become widely-used in health care settings because its collaborative and non-judgemental style is highly effective at promoting change. In this demonstration you’ll see the counselor, Nikki Cockern, is working with Carlotta, a teenage Hispanic American who is coming in with some concerns around weight loss. Although weight loss appears to be the goal, Cockern doesn’t go straight into talking about solutions such as diet and exercise but instead evokes from the client her concerns, and in doing so discovers the important familial and cultural issues that are keeping Carlotta from achieving her goals.

MI expert Cathy Cole breaks down the techniques Cockern uses in session and provides practical tools you can use to support and empower your clients in the spirit of attunement and partnership. Tap into the power of MI to effectively help your clients struggling with health-related issues. presents Mastery in Minutes

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Length of video: 0:27:55

English subtitles available

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-591-2

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-591-5

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,

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