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


15 Hours | 15 CEs (CEUs)


Program Description

This self-paced training program 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 training program cover 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 training program is 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.

Furthermore, the course introduces compassion focused approaches and the role of working with important motivational processes, fears blocks and resistances, and facilitators of compassion. The course 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 course is designed to make the learning experience as practical and transferable to clinical practice as possible.

Intended Audience

This training program is intended for mental health and allied professionals, including psychologists, social workers, counselors, and marriage and family therapists. This training program is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.


Upon completion of this training program, 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.

Course Outline

  • Spirit, principles and skills of motivational interviewing
  • Inhibitors and facilitators to compassion and self-compassion
  • Importance of language in change

Here’s what others are saying about this training:

Balance of didactic and experiential learning opportunities

The instructor was great and informative; fun to listen to and responsive to participants; material relevant and accessible

Introduction to motivational interviewing and how to apply it to CFT

Continuing Education Credit

This Distance Learning Course is a Home Study Training Program. To earn CEs you are required to complete all course materials, quizzes, and the evaluation. No partial credit is available. A score of 70% is required to proceed; you will be able to re-take any quiz on which you score less than 70%. Participants will earn 20 CE hours upon completion of these requirements. The CE Certificate will become available for download upon completion of the course evaluation.

Board Approvals: APA, ASWB, CPA, NBCC. Click here for state and other regional board approvals.

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