Communication Techniques of Appreciative Inquiry and Motivational Interviewing for Health & Wellness Coaches

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Motivational Interviewing techniques offer ways to help clients hear themselves, explore more deeply, uncover ambivalence, resistance, and discrepancies between intentions and actions, and move into action with clarity and insight. Appreciative Inquiry techniques help clients build a sense of self-efficacy and personal empowerment as they build on prior successes in their lives. These two skill sets in combination give a coach a breadth of knowledge and tools to draw on for a wide variety of clients with differing needs.
  • Describe motivational interviewing techniques to support clients who are presenting with resistance, ambivalence or discrepancies between their desire and ability to make a lifestyle change.
  • Explore motivational interviewing techniques that help clients explore more deeply the emotional, mental, and energetic landscape that is impacting their ability to attain optimal health and wellness.
  • Describe the principles of Appreciative Inquiry that help clients focus on strengths and past successes to build self-efficacy and personal empowerment in making desired lifestyle changes.

This course is available as a pre-approved CEU offering for National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC) for 1 CEU. The CE number assigned to this course by the NBHWC for the continuing education and training of National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coaches (NBC-HWC) is CE-000185-5

Other holistic professionals will be provided a certificate of completion and encouraged to submit to their governing organizations.

Feedback from Past Participant:

"This course is a great opportunity to revisit motivational interviewing and appreciative inquiry. I really enjoyed Theresa and Michele's approach to the class and their presentation." - Katharine

Michele Rae became an NBC-HWC (National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach) in September 2017 and is an NBHWC (National Board for Health & Wellness Coaching) approved CE (Continuing Education) provider. She is also a registered pharmacist, spiritual director and has an MA in Human Development. She is the founder of The Center Within, LLC, author of Living From the Center Within: Co-Creating Who You Are Becoming, and graduate faculty at he University of Minnesota. In her private practice, she provides holistic coaching designed to accelerate & support personal, professional and organizational transformation. She delights as clients and students step more fully into their power and release what no longer serves while creating a life they love personally and professionally. Michele also offers in-person and online training workshops for Health Coaches and Holistic Practitioners and those seeking mind-body-spirit wellness. To learn more or for questions: [email protected]

Theresa Nutt is Co-Director in the Masters of Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching program at the University of Minnesota. She has a Masters in Human Development with a focus in Corporate Coaching and Training, and a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She has a two-year degree in Personal Coaching from Coach University. She currently serves on the ICF (International Coach Federation) Minnesota Board. Theresa has been a nurse since 1995 in a variety of settings and roles. She has been coaching for 18 years in a variety of settings including private practice, corporate individual and group health coaching, and wellness coaching for employees through insurance companies. She is trained in life coaching, health coaching and style essence coaching. For more info visit:,

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  Communication Techniques of Appreciative Inquiry and Motivational Interviewing for Health and Wellness
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