Using Motivational Interviewing to Resolve Fears and Enhance Compassion Motivation

Presented By Stan Steindl, PhD
Stan Steindl, PhD

15 Hours | 15 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on Using Motivational Interviewing to Explore and Resolve Fears, Blocks, and Resistances and Enhance Compassion Motivation is presented by Stan Steindl, Ph.D.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) has long been used as an adjunct to a range of interventions, including psychological treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) has become increasingly popular over recent years and has been found to be effective in increasing compassion and self-compassion, reducing depression, anxiety, and psychological distress, and increasing life satisfaction and happiness. One important contribution of CFT is the identification of certain inhibitors (fears, blocks, and resistances) and facilitators of compassion motivation and compassionate action. This program covers these inhibitors and facilitators and proposes MI as an important, strategic approach to assisting people to explore and resolve inhibitors and enhance compassion motivation. The program is highly experiential, helps participants develop the spirit and core skills of MI, and provide practical therapeutic strategies that can be used to assist clients of CFT further.

Furthermore, the program introduces compassion-focused approaches and the role of working with important motivational processes, fears, blocks and resistances, and facilitators of compassion. The program involves a combination of didactic presentation, demonstration via video and live role play, small group exercises, and small group role play practice. The experiential nature of the program is designed to make the learning experience as practical and transferable to clinical practice as possible.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe the spirit, principles, and skills of motivational interviewing, and the role of MI in CFT

Describe inhibitors and facilitators to compassion and self-compassion from the point of view of the language of the client, especially in terms of notional ideas of sustain talk and change talk

Describe the importance of language in change, especially the notion of accepting and validating language around inhibitors of compassion, and gently guiding towards exploring and elaborating on language around facilitators of compassion

Describe compassion as a motivation and a commitment to engage with suffering and engage with compassionate action, as well as how to strengthen client commitment towards compassionate action

Describe the core aspects of motivational interviewing in the context of CFT, with the opportunity to take away skills and strategies to apply with clients straight away


Presented By

Stan Steindl, PhD

Dr. Stan Steindl is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice at Psychology Consultants Pty Ltd and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. He is also co-director of the UQ Compassionate Mind Research Group. He has over 20 years of...


1. Introduction

2. Motivational Interviewing - Part 2

3. Motivational Interviewing - Part 3

4. Motivational Interviewing - Part 4

5. Motivational Interviewing - Part 5

6. Motivational Interviewing - Part 6

7. Motivational Interviewing - Part 7

8. Motivational Interviewing - Part 8

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