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Our mission is to improve quality of life by facilitating evidence-based health behavior change for communities, organizations, and individuals. As experts on health behavior change, we believe passionately in the power of education and awareness – by increasing the knowledge base, skills, and mindfulness of individuals or organizations, we can purposefully and effectively bring about positive change.

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Wellness News

January 2, 2019

The Year of Cessation

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated 2019 as the Year of Cessation. Please see the featured article Your Year to Quit Smoking along with attached graphics.

This article:

  • Encourages people who smoke to make 2019 the year they quit for good.
  • Promotes tools and resources to help them if they need it.
  • Shares the story of James, one of CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers® campaign participants.
    • In the video “No, I Won’t Buy You Smokes,” James shares how a conversation with this roommate helped reinforce his decision to be smoke-free.
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September 27, 2018

Motivational Interviewing: Enhancing Healthy Change

Reflect on how you feel when a patient or client does not follow your well-intended, evidence-based, even profound health-promoting recommendations. Do you feel frustrated, angry, impatient? Do you label the person “non-compliant” or “difficult?”

Perhaps what we have here is a failure to communicate. I just completed a course on Advanced Motivational Interviewing (MI) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. It was hosted by skilled facilitators from the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program and attended by counselors, tobacco cessation specialists, psychologists, health coaches, and physicians. We worked collaboratively in teams to discover how to improve our abilities to communicate, facilitate change, and unlock motivation.

Read the full article here.

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Awake!

CINDY MORRIS, Psy.D., Clinical Director

With each transition, comes a new opportunity. A chance to do and see things differently. An opportunity to be transformed. Transitions come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it’s ringing in a new year, traveling to a place yet unknown, or arriving home from a day of work, we have the chance to set a new goal or intention for the next segment of our lives, no matter how long or short it may be.

In the spirit of appreciation for the power of transitions, I’d like to set my intention for 2019. My intention is to be more intentional. Let me explain. As we move through our lives, we develop habits—patterns of being, thinking, and doing that ease our movement through the world. These grow out of our learning about what is most efficient or effective, saving us time and energy. Or they are simply automatic responses we’ve repeated many times before. While these habits can bring feelings of comfort and ease, they also bring rigidity and lack of awareness and present a barrier to positive growth and change. We become fixed in a structure with few novel and interesting experiences. While we feel safe as we engage in the familiar and known, there is little room for what we really want, which are novel opportunities—encounters with the potential to spark something new in us. Something to help us to tap into the magic of our everyday experience.

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Spotlight

Registration Open for Upcoming BHWP Trainings

Registration is currently open for several of our upcoming trainings. The trainings are held at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.

Our next Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist training is scheduled for May 13-16. Register today!

The Rocky Mountain Tobacco Treatment Specialist (RMTTS) Training Program trains interdisciplinary healthcare providers and community and public health professionals to become tobacco cessation champions for their organizations and communities. The program offers the highest quality tobacco treatment specialist program based on the latest evidence-based tobacco cessation research and treatment strategies.

Our 2019 Motivational Interviewing for Behavior Change Level II training is scheduled for August 6-7. Register now to lock in Early Bird Pricing!

This two-day intensive training will focus on advanced application of Motivational Interviewing (MI) for health care professionals, including methods for strategically eliciting and strengthening change and commitment talk, decreasing and managing discord, and deepening skills of engagement and evocation.

This dynamic and experiential training will feature didactic material, trainer demonstrations, real-play exercises, and audio (or video) recorded practice, coding, and self-evaluation. Enrollment will be limited to 30 people. Co-facilitators and at least one training assistant will be present all day, each day to provide opportunity for personal attention to every participant.

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