This week's insight...
Cheryl Walker, ML, MCC,
Academic Director for Tai Sophia Instituteís
Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching

August 15, 2012
Vol. I, No. 13

Cheryl Walker
Cheryl Walker, ML, MCC, Academic Director for Tai Sophia Instituteís Master
of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching


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"Motivational interviewing (MI) is the most effective model in behavior change. This process begins by assessing a personís readiness to change. We canít assume that everybody is actually ready to change. Motivational interviewing assesses where a person is on a spectrum, and helps them to move up the spectrum. Coaches utilizing an MI approach are actively listening to what a person is saying and then reflecting back what they hear. This process helps a person to see that they may have ambivalence to actually changing. The reason people have difficulty making a behavior change is not because they are lazy or unmotivated. People have difficulty because there is some ambivalence to change of which they are unaware. Through questioning and listening, you can reveal some level of ambivalence to change. And once thatís discovered, a person is free to start moving forward.

MI also looks at how important change is to a person, and how confident they are that they can change. For instance, a person may say they want to stop smoking, and itís important to them because they may have developed some health issues, but they donít yet have the confidence that they can change. In this case we'd work with them to increase their confidence level."

This is an excerpt from an interview with Cheryl Walker, ML, MCC, academic director for Tai Sophia Instituteís Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching.


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