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From Passive to Partner: Integrative Health Coach Training Using Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change, On Demand Training CD-ROM Product Image

From Passive to Partner: Integrative Health Coach Training Using Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change, On Demand Training CD-ROM

  • Published: December 2008
  • Region: Global
  • 90 Minutes
  • Healthcare Intelligence Network

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 READ MORE >

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 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.

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