Helping Adolescents Grow and Change

Abstract


Educators want to help their adolescent students succeed, and very often they do! However, despite our best efforts, many adolescents remain “stuck”, either with schoolwork, with their friends, or in other parts of their lives. Educators who work with adolescents sometimes get frustrated, which can lead to unhelpful labels for students (“lazy”) or even into conflict. How we as educators communicate with adolescents is a key to their successful growth. For decades, Motivational Interviewing (MI) has been an effective approach for a variety of problems, such as addictions and weight loss. Recent research has shown that educators trained in MI can increase motivation for growth and change in students. This introductory workshop will provide learners with an overview of MI with a focus on the application of MI with adolescents in the school context.

 

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