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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Kathie Garrett

In the Flow

Kathie Garrett, M.A., Clinical Associate

Recently, I had the opportunity to lead a BHWP Work and Well-Being seminar for medical students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. One of the activities we include in the seminar is Defining Your Values. We invite students to choose their ten top values, and then, through a process of elimination, whittle that list down from ten to five to three to one. This activity helps students to clarify their values and draw associations between their core values and lifestyle choices. What students discover is that there are often one or two core values under which all other values are subsumed. When our daily lifestyle choices and health behaviors are not aligned with these core values, we may feel unbalanced or disconnected from the natural “flow” of life.

In preparation for the seminar, I thought about the eight dimensions of wellness: emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual. Using a process similar to the Defining Your Values activity, I considered each of the eight wellness domains within the context of my overall sense of well-being. What I learned is that, for me, environmental wellness is the most salient dimension. It is the swaddle that cradles all that is essential to me in life.

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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 next DIMENSIONS: Tobacco Free Program, Advanced Techniques training is scheduled for June 26-27, 2019. Register Now for Early Bird Pricing!

This one and a half day training covers tobacco fundamentals, tobacco addiction, tobacco cessation strategies, and a motivational intervention for tobacco cessation. Trainees will also be trained to facilitate the DIMENSIONS Tobacco Free Group curriculum—a 6-week tobacco cessation group. The Advanced Techniques training is a train-the-trainer model, meaning participants will leave the training with the materials and knowledge to train others at their organization.

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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