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Stephen Andrew


Health Education and Training Institute



Session Title: 

Bringing Compassion and Radical Acceptance into Every Conversation: Motivational Interviewing for Recovery Coaches and Advocates

Session Details: 

Kindness can be brought into action every single day to help alleviate the suffering and shame in others. Acting with compassion skillfully is vital and most likely to be helpful. Join us in a life-changing conversation that looks at the client-centered, evidence-based practice of Motivational Interviewing, a style of communication rooted in compassion, collaboration, and acceptance. In this workshop, we'll introduce you to the underlying spirit and structure of Motivational Interviewing, exploring the principles of MI with practical exercises that guide participants in strengthening their empathy skills, recognizing and eliciting client change-talk, and rolling with resistance. When we practice radical compassion with others, we use active empathetic listening and strive to build a working alliance with the people we serve. In this workshop, we'll explore moving from feeling responsible for changing a person's behavior, to supporting them in their own reasons and means for behavior change. In holding a person's suffering as well as their dreams for their life with radical acceptance and empathy, we watch them transform beautifully.

Motivational Interviewing is a practice deeply rooted in acceptance. When a practitioner or Coach is practicing radical compassion and deep empathetic listening with a client, the practitioner is coming from a place of non-judgement and is open-minded to the many pathways and perspectives a client may be coming from. In utilizing MI and holding our client's needs with the utmost respect, we are not attached to the outcome or trying to fix, but are rather there to encourage and root on the person in any and all pathways they feel compelled to pursue.

What are you looking forward to most at #MPRCCT2024?

Stephen is most looking forward to connecting with the community, one compassionate conversation at a time. And sharing bad jokes!

Stephen Andrew

Stephen R. Andrew LCSW, LADC, CCS is a storyteller, trainer, therapist, and author. He maintains a compassion-focused practice in Portland, Maine and facilitates a variety of mutual aid support groups. He is the CEO of the Health Education & Training Institute (HETI) and has been a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2003, becoming a Certified MINT Trainer in 2019.

He is the co-founder of Agape, Inc. which supports the Men's Resource Center of Southern Maine whose mission is to support boys, men and fathers and oppose violence and Dignity for People Using Opiates, a radical movement to change the conditions precipitating the opiate epidemic in our communities. Agape, Inc. also supports Inneredge Counseling which offers compassionate counseling services to those in need.

Stephen has been a MIA-STEP trainer (Motivational Interviewing Assessment; Supervisor Training Program) for the New England ATTC since 2007, is MITI (Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity) trained, and has over 100 hours of training in Motivational Interviewing. Stephen provides Motivational Interviewing coaching and training domestically and internationally (Singapore, Iceland, China, Canada, Holland, Sweden, Poland, Turkey & UK) for social service agencies, health-care providers, substance abuse counselors, recovery coach specialists, criminal justice, vocational rehabilitation, and other groups on Motivational Interviewing, addiction, co-occurring disorders, counseling theory, "challenging" adolescents, supervision and ethics for care professionals, men's work, and the power of group work. Through the Health Education & Training Institute (HETI), he also supervises a coding and coaching laboratory as well as a simulation lab for Motivational Interviewing.

Stephen is the proud father of Sebastian. He is the co-author of Game Plan: A Man's Guide to Achieving Emotional Fitness and Loving Fully: A Love Song, and the author of Love In Action, Listening Deeply, and The Magic of Connection: Art of Compassionate Understanding. Stephen is the host of his educational podcast, "Conversations in Compassion."

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