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From Passive to Partner: Integrative Health Coach Training Using Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change, On Demand Training
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Mirroring a shift in primary care, health coaching has shifted from a traditional education approach to an integrative approach that features a reliance on Motivational Interviewing [a client-centered counseling approach developed in part by Professor William R. Miller, Ph.D. and Professor Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D.], self-management techniques and even alternative and complementary approaches to elicit complex behavior change, such as that required by individuals with multiple health risks.

While traditional education is appropriate for acute, short-term conditions, this whole person approach elevates the member from a passive recipient of information to an active collaborator in the coaching process.

Listen to pre-conference comments from Dr. Karen Lawson and Dr. Ruth Wolever.

During From Passive to Partner: Integrative Health Coach Training Using Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change, a 90-minute webinar on December 18, 2008 now available as a CD-ROM, via On Demand Web access or as a training DVD, health coaching experts will examine integrative health coaching -- how health coaches can benefit from training in motivational interviewing, self-management and even spirituality and healing. You'll hear Karen Lawson, MD, program director for the health coaching track at the Center for Spirituality and Healing, the University of Minnesota and Dr. Ruth Wolever, clinical health psychologist and director of research at Duke Integrative Medicine:

  • Describe motivational interviewing skills to improve health coaching outcomes;
  • Describe ways for coaches to assess a client's readiness to change and to apply an understanding from the stages of change;
  • Describe how the motivational interviewing skills provide a foundational framework for an appropriate health coaching interaction; and
  • Identify examples of motivational interviewing in practice.
Here's what participants said about the live program:

"One of the most relevant discussions I've been a part of in a long time," said Zoraida Krusina, disease management registered nurse, Monarch HealthCare.

"The presenters shared specific, concrete information and examples," said a health coaching manager.

"The conference provided practical examples," said Linda Stephens, a disease management supervisor with Monarch HealthCare.

Have questions on our webinar and/or webinar formats? Visit our webinar FAQ.

The training DVD includes reproducible slides and completion certificates to document training. Reproducible Slides

You can listen to this program right in your office and enjoy significant savings – no travel time or hassle; no hotel expenses. It’s so convenient! Invite your staff members to gather around a conference table to listen to the CD, training DVD or the On Demand version.

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CEOs, medical directors, disease management directors, managers and coordinators, health coach managers, health coaches, health plan executives, care management nurses, physician executives and business development and strategic planning directors.


Karen Lawson
A health coach should be a "curious explorer" rather than an expert, learning about alternative therapies and systems along with a client.

Karen Lawson, M.D., is the director of the health coaching program and is teaching faculty at the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, where she leads the integrative medical education efforts and teaches about Shamanism. She is an assistant professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, and teaches in the University of Michigan (UMN) Medical School. Dr. Lawson is the immediate past-president of the American Holistic Medical Association and a founding Diplomat of the American Board of Holistic Medicine.

In her current position, Dr. Lawson is active in undergraduate and graduate medical education, faculty development, and graduate studies. She is a published author and researcher, and speaks nationally to diverse audiences on the power and potential of integrated and holistic healthcare practices.

Her wide-ranging experience has included work as an integrative medicine consultant and as an emergency department and family practice physician. She is the former medical director of Lamat Medical Corporation in San Diego, Calif., and the Wege Institute for Mind, Body and Spirit at St. Mary's Mercy Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Dr. Lawson has advanced training in homeopathy from the Northwest School of Homeopathy in Minneapolis where she is also on the teaching faculty. She has studied shamanic medicine for the last 10 years and brings expertise in meditation techniques, yoga, dance/movement therapies and nutrition. Dr. Lawson’s special interests include rites of passage and ritual for healing.

Dr. Lawson completed undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University in biochemistry and physiology and earned her medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. She completed her family medicine residency at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is board-certified in family medicine and holistic medicine.

Ruth Wolever
The relationship-centered focus of integrative medicine, in which a great deal of time is spent with the patient, is healing in and of itself.

Ruth Quillian Wolever, Ph.D., is a clinical health psychologist and the research director of Duke Integrative Medicine (Duke IM). She specializes in behavior change, treatment of stress-related problems, and mind-body health. Both her research and her clinical practice focus on utilizing the connection between mind and body to improve health, and the application of integrative medicine techniques to affect lifestyle change.

Wolever also consults with Duke Corporate Education and the Fuqua School of Business Executive Education programs, helping executives identify strategies to better manage their challenging environments.

From a research perspective, Wolever studies the integration of innovative Mind-Body-Spirit treatments into mainstream medicine. She has specifically explored such treatments to improve sleep, weight management, diabetes control, and other health indices; some of this work focuses on the role of integrative health coaching in creating significant lifestyle change. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Office of Women’s Health), the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and by GlaxoSmithKline.

Formerly, Wolever was the clinic director of Duke Integrative Medicine, and the director of the health psychology component of the Duke University Executive Health Program, Duke Diet and Fitness Center, and Duke Health and Fitness Center (collectively known as the Duke Center for Living).

Wolever has been working in the field of Health Psychology since 1989 and at the Duke University School of Medicine since 1994. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from the University of Miami, and completed her Clinical Internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill the same year. She is licensed as a Clinical Psychologist (State of North Carolina), is certified as a Health Services Provider (N.C.), a PAIRS Facilitator (PAIRS Foundation, Fairfax, VA), a Lifeskills trainer (Williams’ Lifeskills Inc., Durham, N.C.), and is credentialed in Medical Hypnotherapy (Institute for Health Psychology & American Society for Clinical Hypnosis) as well. Prior to entering the field of Health Psychology, Ruth earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish at the University of Virginia and taught in the Dade County Public High Schools and directed a youth program in South Florida. Wolever is active in educating the public on Rett Syndrome.

Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, notice is required at least seven business days prior to the webinar. With proper notice, fees are refunded minus a $40 service fee. No refunds are given for cancellations received with less than seven days notice. The Healthcare Intelligence Network reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a webinar, due to unforeseen circumstances.
Publication Date: December 18, 2008
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