Friday, July 10, 2015

Peirce’s Kate Watson Continues to Help Grow Motivational Interviewing Worldwide

Kate Watson, Assistant Professor of Healthcare Administration at Peirce, is at the forefront a quickly growing area — motivational interviewing. She was recently appointed as the Event Chair of the field’s top international organization, the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

Motivational interviewing is a technique where a counselor draws out the patient’s internal motivation to change her behavior and helps the patient arrive at her own solution to overcome her personal challenges. For instance, a counselor could use motivational interviewing to help alcoholics understand for themselves why they should stop drinking and identify their own ways to meet that goal.

As Event Chair for MINT, Kate will represent North America on the international planning committee to organize the 2016 MINT conference in Berlin, Germany.  She will also be speaking at the annual conference to a group of 500 professionals from around the world who practice motivational interviewing.

Kate was inducted into MINT as a member in 2011. Since then she has been training others in motivational interviewing principles and uses motivational interviewing to help abused women find safety and manage trauma symptoms. Kate’s work in motivational interviewing was recognized earlier this year at the University Teaching and Learning Conference held at Temple University.

Motivational interviewing was developed a couple decades ago by clinical psychologists Professor William R Miller, Ph.D., and Professor Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D., to treat alcoholism. The technique has gained significant momentum since then. It can be used in virtually any advisor-advisee relationship—whether for smoking cessation, police therapy, financial advising, and more.

Kate recently created a series of motivational interviewing training videos and resources that show some of the ways to use motivational interviewing techniques. In her role with MINT, Kate aims to generate more discussion around ethical dilemmas that we all face every day and how motivational interviewing can be used to help people sort through those problems.

Kate’s appointment is an example of the power of staying involved in your field and accessing opportunities to network with like-minded people. She has built upon her MINT membership to now play a larger role in the motivational interviewing field and help bring its benefits to more people around the world.

Congratulations on your appointment, Kate!