1st Edition

Motivational Interviewing in Life and Health Coaching A Guide to Effective Practice

    Written by and for coaches, this groundbreaking book shows how motivational interviewing (MI) can be infused into health and wellness coaching and life coaching to help clients clarify and achieve their goals. Cecilia H. Lanier, Patty Bean, and Stacey C. Arnold concisely explain how the MI spirit, method, and skills mesh perfectly with professional coaching standards and core competencies. The book is packed with concrete examples, sample dialogues that illustrate ways to use MI in coaching conversations, and learning questions and activities. The companion website features 20 downloadable handouts plus an overview of research support for coaching with MI.

    I. Coach-Approach Parallels with Motivational Interviewing
    1. What Is Coaching?
    2. Evidence for Coaching with Motivational Interviewing
    3. What Is Motivational Interviewing?
    II. Practicing Motivational Interviewing in Coaching
    4. The Engaging Task and the Four Core Motivational Interviewing Skills
    5. The Focusing Task
    6. Evoking Motivation
    7. How to Evoke
    8. Sharing Information and Advice
    9. Evoking and Responding to Discord
    10. Evoking Hope and Confidence
    11.Coaching with Neutrality
    12. Planting Seeds of Discrepancy
    13. The Planning Task
    III. Building Skill and Improving Motivational Interviewing in Coaching
    14. Putting It All Together
    15. Learning and Improving Coaching with Motivational Interviewing


    Cecilia H. Lanier, MEd, is a National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach, a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach in private practice in Alabama, and a course facilitator at the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. With 25 years of experience as an educator, Ms. Lanier found her deepest passion in coaching fellow teachers during the final years of her teaching career. Motivational interviewing is the primary influence in her work.

    Patty Bean is a Nebraska-based coach and licensed massage therapist in private practice. She is certified as a Master Wayfinder Life Coach, a Professional Certified Coach of the International Coaching Federation, a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach, and a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach. She has worked as a course facilitator at the Functional Medicine Coaching Academy. In addition to her coaching work, Ms. Bean teaches online QiGong, meditation, and yoga classes.

    Stacey C. Arnold is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach and National Board-Certified Health and Wellness Coach in private practice in Georgia. She is also a certified personal trainer and certified Dietary Supplement Specialist, and an experienced organic gardener. In her coaching practice, Ms. Arnold has particular interests in gut health and sustainable, healthy living. Before becoming a coach, her professional experience included working in real estate and human resources.

    "This vital book is fundamental to anyone learning how to coach. It draws on 40+ years of science and practice in MI to clearly demonstrate how critical MI is to skillful health coaching. The book presents step-by-step guidance in health coaching and plainly shows how MI is inextricably woven throughout. The authors show how coaches can authentically engage and guide individuals to create a path toward a healthier self by evoking intrinsic motivation, supporting client autonomy, and cultivating sustainable growth toward transformational change. This book is brimming with useful tips, pragmatic examples, and practical applications of how to use MI in coaching."--Ruth Q. Wolever, PhD, NBC-HWC, Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Chair of Certification and Inaugural President, National Board for Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC); member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

    "This book is essential reading for coaches who seek the latest evidence-based findings on MI, the profoundly respectful and empowering approach to guiding healthful behavior change. Congratulations to the authors, who expertly connect the dots between MI and the competency standards in coaching from NBHWC and ICF.”--Meg Jordan, PhD, RN, NBC-HWC, Professor, Integrative Health, California Institute of Integral Studies

    "After years of providing MI workshops for clinicians--and regularly referencing MI in coach training--it is delightful to find a new treasure! I highly recommend this book for coaches, coach trainees, and instructors. It supports and clarifies the coaching process and will assist in mentor coaching. Session excerpts beautifully illustrate coaching with an MI style. Bravo!"--Renee Sievert, RN, LMFT, PCC, leadership coach and member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

    "As a high-performance psychologist coaching people in business, performing arts, and professional sports, I am always looking for books to recommend to colleagues seeking to 'up their game' in coaching. This great book does it all--it not only lays the theoretical foundation, but also outlines practical tools to help readers apply what they are learning. This is a fantastic resource for anyone in health and wellness coaching or life coaching who wants to understand and apply the power of MI in their important work with clients. Bravo!"--Jonathan Fader, PhD, sport and performance psychologist, New York City; member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

    "A 'must-have' resource for coaches at any phase of their professional journey. Packed with practical information and relevant examples, this is exactly the book that the field of health and wellness coaching has been waiting for.”--Jessica Matthews, DBH, NBC-HWC, DipACLM, FACLM, College of Health Sciences, Point Loma Nazarene University-