In the Flow
Kathie Garrett, Clinical Program Associate
As a Motivational Interviewing (MI) trainer, I spend considerable time coaching others on the spirit and practice of MI. To personalize each workshop, I’m ever searching for the right metaphor, symbol, or story in which to anchor my instruction, one that resonates with the unique culture and spirit of the group being trained.
As it happens, I’ve just spent three weeks on the road crisscrossing the country to lead workshops for an array of healthcare professionals, including a unique group of Native Alaskan Community Health Aides. These are exquisitely trained rural lay healthcare providers who deliver basic medical services and triage to people living in the most remote villages in Alaska. I was actually on the plane en route to Anchorage and still had not found a spiritual symbol consonant with motivational interviewing and my understanding of the life and work of Alaskan community health aides.