THE ART OF UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS

The chronic and persistent nature of human diseases, brought on by the “carbs and the couch,” require a specific and strategic approach to training coaches, teachers, medical personnel, and other helping professionals on the evidence-based practices used in mental healthcare settings.

O.A.R.S. – The Art and Science of Uncomfortable Conversations (6 CEU’s)

This course teaches its participants the points of performance relative to the application of Motivational Interviewing and the Transtheoretical Stages of change. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of these “best practices” through a group and individual experiential environment. We ultimately want our trainees to be able to have the “uncomfortable conversations” that are necessary for change to occur in day to day interaction with their clients, athletes, and among the members of their staff.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will learn the origins, relevance, and application of Motivational Interviewing as it applies to the helping professions.
  2. Participants will learn the origins, relevance, and application of the Transtheoretical Stages of Change as they relate to helping professions.
  3. Participants will exhibit competence in the experiential application of Motivational Interviewing and The Stages of Change during classroom practice.

Content Outline with Associated Timeline

8:00 AM – 8:30 AMSign-in (coffee, tea and water provided)
8:30 AM – 10:15 AMSeminar begins

  • Introduction of Instructor and Participants
  • Carl Rogers and Client-Centered Theory
  • A Brief History of Motivational Interviewing
  • A Brief History of Transtheoretical Model of Change
10:00 AM – 10:15 AMBreak
10:15 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Real World Practice of Motivational Interviewing Part 1
  • Open Ended Questions
  • Affirmations (Because I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggonit, People Like Me
11:30 AM – 12:30 AMLunch Break 1 hour (on your own)
12:30 AM – 2:00 PMSeminar Resumes

  • Real World Practice of Motivational Interviewing Part 2
  • Reflective Listening
  • Summarizing
2:00 PM – 2:15 PMBreak
2:15 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Practice Makes Permanent
  • Assessment of Knowledge of Material
  • Course Evaluation and Final Thoughts
4:00 PMSeminar ends