Using Motivational Interviewing to Explore and Resolve Fears, Blocks and Resistances, and Enhance Compassion Motivation

Using Motivational Interviewing to Explore and Resolve Fears, Blocks and Resistances, and Enhance Compassion Motivation


Dr. Stan Steindl

February 1-2, 2020

8:30am – 4:30pm

Palo Alto University, Los Altos Campus

14 Hours | 14 CEs

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Program Description

This live training on Using Motivational Interviewing to Explore and Resolve Fears, Blocks and Resistances, and Enhance Compassion Motivation is presented by Dr. Stan Steindl.

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 workshop will explore these inhibitors and facilitators, and propose MI as an important, strategic approach to assisting people to explore and resolve inhibitors and enhance compassion motivation. The workshop will be highly experiential, help participants develop the spirit and core skills of MI, and provide practical therapeutic strategies that can be used to further assist clients of CFT.

If you would like to ‘attend’ this workshop but cannot travel to Palo Alto – consider virtual attendance. We are pleased to offer virtual attendance for all our workshops via ZOOM. Virtual attendees will be emailed all the details to connect via ZOOM and will be sent electronic copies of all materials.

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Intended Audience

This workshop is intended for clinicians and/or clinical researchers in a variety of employment settings and practice areas such as clinical, counseling, health and community settings. The workshop will provide an introduction to Motivational Interviewing, developing therapeutic skills that are applicable to therapists working from a wide range of orientations.
Furthermore, the workshop will introduce compassion focused approaches and the role of working with important motivational processes, fears blocks and resistances, and facilitators of compassion. The workshop will involve 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 workshop is designed to make the learning experience as practical and transferable to clinical practice as possible.

Upon completion of this course, participants should 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 client straight away

About Dr. Stan Steindl

Dr. Stan Steindl is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice at Psychology Consultants Pty Ltd, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at 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 experience as a therapist, supervisor and trainer, and works with clients from a motivational interviewing and compassion focused therapy perspective. His PhD examined combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder and comorbid alcohol dependency, and he continues to work in the areas of trauma and addiction, as well as having a general clinical practice. His research interests are in the areas of compassion and compassion-based interventions, and especially the role of motivation in cultivating compassion and self-compassion in the context of trauma, shame, self-criticism and clinical disorders, as well as promoting psychological wellbeing.

Continuing Education Credit

This is a Live In-Person Training Program. To earn CE’s, you will be required to complete the evaluation for this workshop. No partial credit is available. Participants will earn 14 CE hours for this workshop upon full attendance and completion of the workshop evaluation. Certificates will sent electronically as PDFs available for download and printing.
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