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Deepen Your Coaching Efficacy With New Skills

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Motivational Interviewing:
Applying evidence-based strategies for positive behavior change and growth

Facilitator: Darlene Trandel

Date/time:  4-6 p.m. Tuesdays, January 23-February 20, 2024

Cost: $480

CEUs: Wellcoaches 10, ACSM 10, NBHWC 10, NCHEC 10

This class will guide participants through an in-depth sequence of learning activities to enhance their knowledge, skills and application of Motivational Interviewing and add to their coaching competencies. Using the newly released, entirely rewritten 4th edition by William Miller and Stephen Rollnick, the class incorporates the changes reflected in this text, and updates the thinking about what creates behavior change over longer growth spans. The fourth edition has an increased emphasis on growth, in addition to change, and introduces new concepts, skills, and upgraded and simplified terminology that are introduced in the classes.


Participants will:  

  • Explore the different ways to support behavior change included in the Motivational interviewing four "tasks" (previously called processes): Engaging, Guiding, Evoking, and Planning.

  • Expand your skills in applying the key principles and core skills of MI.

  • Discuss sharing information with your patients/clients using coaching competencies.

  • Deepen and vary reflective listening skills, eliciting change talk and responding effectively to sustain talk, discord, and change talk.

  • Develop additional skills for helping clients/patients to explore and resolve their ambivalence about health behavior change.

  • Apply and practice MI skills and strategies designed to evoke motivation for change.

  • Adapt the MI method and spirit to best-fit participants’ current practice setting.


The widely used approach of Motivational Interviewing (MI) offers many evidence-informed, person-centered communication skills and techniques to complement your coaching competencies. Helping professionals can use these skills to achieve successful and sustained behavior outcomes and encourage growth and progress with their clients.


There are four decades of robust scientific evidence to support the efficacy of MI in helping patients make positive health-behavior changes. Research has demonstrated that motivational interviewing can improve client engagement, help to resolve client ambivalence, and promote client activation in activities that lead to better health outcomes.

Learning activities include demonstrations, class discussions and presentations, and small group exercises, with opportunities for participant practice with feedback.


Consider attending this class if you are a coach or healthcare professional who:

  • Works with people to change health behaviors.

  • Is interested in learning more about MI or building/increasing the MI knowledge skills you already have.

  • Would like to translate MI knowledge into practice.

  • Want a hands-on opportunity to hone and update MI skills.


Suggested resource (not required): Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change and Grow, 4th Edition (Applications of Motivational Interviewing) by William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick | Sep 21, 2023

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Group Coaching Basics

Next Course March 2024

Facilitator: Michael Scholtz

Date/time: TBA

Cost: $TBA

CEUs: Wellcoaches 9, ACSM 9, NCHEC 9, NBHWC 9

This 6-week course on group coaching is a win-win-win. You reach more people and your clients access more affordable coaching. And, everyone benefits from the supportive network and creative power of a community. The ability to create groups, effectively market to groups, and conduct group sessions requires that you learn new skills and that you apply your core coaching skills in new ways.

Participants will learn:

• how to develop a successful group coaching practice
• what group coaching is and how it differs from individual coaching
• logistics of group coaching (determining group size, meeting length, fees, etc.)
• how to manage group dynamics
• how to market your program

This class includes both sharing of ideas and practice. Participants will have the opportunity to be coached and coach others as we explore the unique dynamics provided by a group environment.

Want to know more?
Watch this Informational Session about the course!

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Facilitator: Kelly Davis Martin

Coaching Youth and Families

Registration closed

Date/time:  TBA

CEUs: Wellcoaches 7.5, ACSM 7.5, NBHWC 7.5

Are you interested in learning how to coach youth and families? In this series, we will discuss the differences in working with youth and adults and how to approach offering services in pediatrics. Explore how coaches can work with kids at various ages to impact their healthy behaviors.


This series will cover:

* Learning about business and logistical ideas and limitations in working with youth.

* Discussing youth development and how this impacts their behavior change.

* Discussing the role of the family system and how to work within this system to support the child.

* Focusing on coaching skills with youth and their families.

Want to learn more?
Watch this recorded info session hosted by course facilitator Kelly Davis Martin.

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