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Chris Guild is accepted to MINT’s Training of New Trainers Workshop

By | August 26th, 2016|Motivational Interviewing, OMC News|

Chris Guild, OMC's training manager was recently accepted to the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Training of New Trainers Workshop this fall in Montreal Canada. This is a rigorous process in which the applicant must submit a thorough application as well as audio recorded work samples for approval. This workshop only happens once a year and Chris was one of only 156 accepted worldwide. By completing the workshop Chris will gain admittance to the Motivational [...]

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Motivational Interviewing Workshop in Auburn, Maine

By | August 25th, 2016|Motivational Interviewing|

OMC Workshop: Introduction to MI Date: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016 Location: Central Maine Community College, 1250 Turner Street, Auburn, ME 04210 Time: 8:00 am — 5:00 pm (Registration 7:30 am—8:00 am) After the training you will be able to: • Describe the client-centered model and its application toward changing at-risk health behaviors. • Understand the difference between and proper use of communication styles: following, directing, guiding. • Understand and apply the communication skills: asking, listening, [...]

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Battling the Board of Directors

By | December 16th, 2014|Motivational Interviewing, Uncategorized|

By: Erik Gordon "We're sorry Mr. Smith, but despite your compelling argument, the Board of Directors has determined that your reasons for joining the gym just aren't enough to sway our vote at this time. You'll have to try again at our next hearing..." The creative side of my mind sometimes like to envision our mental decision making process to be like a hearing in front of a committee or a board of directors. Lots of [...]

6 Simple Steps to Learning or “Re-Learning” MI

By | October 8th, 2014|Motivational Interviewing|

The language voiced from a client/participant greatly predicts the chances of that person changing a behavior.  The stronger a participant voices commitment to change, the greater likelihood of that change happening. A similar correlation holds true for participants "not changing" or sustaining behaviors. The more a participant argues for the status quo, the greater likelihood of him or her not changing. Having clients voice their own motivations and reasons for change is one of the [...]

Getting “Unstuck”

By | September 9th, 2014|Motivational Interviewing|

By: Erik Gordon Does the following conversation look familiar? Client: “I’d like to start walking, but there’s just no time. My schedule is full.” Coach: “You’re just too busy.” Client: “Exactly.” Coach: “Now just isn’t a good time.” Client: “Yeah, maybe I can start when things slow down.” Coach: “Maybe we should talk about something else.” Client: “Yeah, that would be a good idea.” This is not an uncommon scenario people might run into as [...]

MI in 5 Minutes Or Less: The Art of Rapid Engagement

By | August 12th, 2014|Motivational Interviewing|

By: Erik Gordon Sometimes in the world of health coaching it can be difficult to keep close contact with clients that are attempting to make change. Ideally, a coach might schedule their clients for more frequent visits or touch base by phone, but those options are not always realistic depending on the situation. Despite the challenges of getting together, participants can still benefit from frequent, but brief contact with their health coach especially when they [...]

Guiding the Conversation, Part 2

By | July 15th, 2014|Motivational Interviewing, Uncategorized|

By: Erik Gordon Last month, I touched upon Guiding in MI and how it somewhat develops the following communication with an added element of evoking. This month, I’d like to continue to write about that topic and dive a little further into how one might evoke when using MI. In Motivational Interviewing, evocation is generally centered on change. When a client is ambivalent, they have already thought of their own arguments for and against change. [...]

Guiding the Conversation

By | June 18th, 2014|Motivational Interviewing|

By: Erik Gordon The guiding communication style is essential in the practice of MI. In fact, one could say that Motivational Interviewing is a specific and refined form of guiding conversations about change. In my observations as a Motivational Interviewing trainer, I think that the guiding communication style might be the hardest concept for trainees to master. Motivational Interviewing students can understand the spirit of MI, and as hard as it might be for them [...]

Troubleshooting With MI

By | May 13th, 2014|Motivational Interviewing|

By: Erik Gordon Over the last couple of months I've received a number of questions and/or potential topics to cover in my blog entries. I've decided that this month’s post will cover several of the asked topics. This month’s topics will include: The Angry Client Dealing with Unmotivated Clients Clients Who Don’t Want To Change When Do You Use MI? One could say that the first three bullets sort of answer the forth bullet... sort [...]

Dealing with Conflict

By | April 15th, 2014|Motivational Interviewing|

By: Erik Gordon Conflict, at some point, exists in almost any close or lasting relationship. It can exist in relationships with friends, family members, spouses or partners, co-workers, and even with our clients. The simple mention of the word conflict can elevate one’s own anxiety levels. Conflict is usually thought of as fighting or arguing and for many people it can be an uncomfortable feeling. While this might be the case in some instances, conflict [...]