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Motivational Interviewing

Understanding Habits Helps You Change Them

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

People repeat actions that are either rewarding or familiar, or both. In other words, people do things that feel worth it somehow. You might think i...

Approaches You Don't Know About for Helping Someone With Substance Abuse

Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D. | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicole Kosanke, Ph.D.

I know that substance abuse problems vary in terms of severity, fright and heartbreak, and yet I am optimistic! In research and clinical work alike, I've seen the evidence over the past 40 years that families and friends make a difference in helping someone who struggles with drinking, drugs or other compulsive behaviors. Often, it is the critical difference.

Could Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Finally Change the Conversation About Substance Use?

Jeff Foote, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Foote, Ph.D.

We are humbled by the difficulties associated with staying stable over the long haul and hope that we continue to change the conversation about this problem from that of stigma to growth, from deficits to strengths and from shame to pride.

The President Needs a New Bag -- Motivational Interviewing

Stanton Peele | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Stanton Peele

People don't change their behavior and attitudes because you tell them to. Instead, they react to being told what to do by erecting defensive barriers and hunkering down.

Influencing Teens and Tweeners, Part 2

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 05.29.2013 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

Have your teens tell you their vision for their success -- how will they (and you) know that they have been successful, or if the plan is working?

How to Influence Your Teen, Part 1

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 05.26.2013 | Parents
Christine Carter, PhD

I frequently hear complaints from parents that their teenagers -- or, more accurately, their adolescents -- are irrational.

A More Effective Way to Get Through to Charlie Sheen and Other Addicts

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I would ask Charlie what he values most. I suspect it's his kids, and his career. Then I would work backwards from these things to what he is doing and where he is headed.