Ep 10 Affirmations in Motivational Interviewing

In the latest instalment of Talking to Change: A Motivational Interviewing Podcast, we were joined by Tim Apodaca, licensed psychologist and associate professor of paediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, USA. Tim is a clinician and researcher who devotes much of his work on the use of MI with adolescents experiencing complex life challenges. In this episode, Tim shared his ideas on affirmations through case illustrations and findings from his research on how MI works. The following is an indexed list of topics that Glenn, Sebastian, and Tim discuss:


0:00 – Opening/introduction

3:00 – What is an affirmation?

7:30 – Affirmation or praise?

12:00 – Genuine affirmations with case discussion

25:30 – Eliciting goals and values

34:00 – Research on connection between affirmations and change talk

41:00 – Importance of curiosity

47:30 – The “tone” of MI

51:20 – Affirmations with adolescents and families

1:01:00 – Research on “envisioning the future” with clients

1:06:20 – Closing


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