Motivational interviewing is a communication style that Wolverine Wellness has adopted for the way we do our work. It shows up in written materials, supervision, workshops, partnerships with others and it underlies the Wellness Coaching program. It’s a philosophy that allows us to meet students where they are and help move them forward in their educational and personal journeys. Five staff in Wolverine Wellness are uniquely qualified to train in this area, as they have been accepted into the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).
What is the Well-Being Academy?
The Academy provides a multi-level framework to support student wellness, which includes 1:1 and group coaching for undergraduate and graduate students and trainings on how to have respectful and helpful conversations about well-being issues.
Who are we?
Wolverine Wellness is a unit whose purpose is to foster personal and community well-being for U-M students.
Why is our Well-Being Academy “powered by motivational interviewing”?
Motivational interviewing (MI) is foundational to the work of the Well-Being Academy. It's about arranging conversations so people talk themselves into change based on their own values and interests. (Miller and Rollnick, 2013) This philosophy includes MI spirit, the component of which are:
- Compassion: have the best interest of your client at heart
- Absolute worth
- Autonomy support
- Accurate empathy
- Partnership: Collaboration instead of prescriptive
- Evocation: Pulling out student wisdom on themselves
MI also focuses on what seems a paradox: When a [student] feels accepted for who they are and what they do–no matter how unhealthy– it allows them the freedom to consider change rather than needing to defend against it. (Bill Miller)
We do our best to meet students where they are behaviorally, find out what their values and goals are, and should they want it, offer respectful assistance.
What trainings do we offer?
We provide a variety of trainings for student leaders, staff and faculty, as well as drop in sessions and supervision. Students are welcome to view pictures and read profiles of wellness coaches here at the bottom of the Wellness Coaching page.
Starting in January 2022, we'll partner with the School of Social Work and Dr. Daphne Watkins to offer the Young Black Men (YBMen) project. More information on that wellness program coming soon.
Current trainings include:
Level 1: Introduction to Well-Being Discussions and Resources (1-hour): This quick primer fits well into a department staff meeting for advisors, faculty and staff who see students for issues other than wellness, but well-being comes up in conversations.
- Level 2: Compassionate Conversations (2 hours): This session supports student well-being through respectful conversations that draw on student wisdom about themselves based on MI spirit.
- Level 3: Wellness Ambassador Training (8 hours over 4 weeks): A more in depth review that supports student well-being through knowledge and practices that promote well-being and provides strategies to manage respectful conversations with students that help them move toward their goals. This is also based on MI spirit.
- Level 4: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (20 hours over 4 weeks) offered in fall and winter: A comprehensive practice using MI spirit and foundational skills and strategies to help guide students through behavior change. Note that this training can be helpful to a variety of Student Life staff including counselors, organization advisors, medical staff, health educators, supervisors and more.
- Level 5: Wellness Coaching Training (12 hours over 4 weeks): Offered in fall and requires prior approval of UHS-W2 staff and submitted agreement signed by supervisor and person being trained. Please complete this form if you are interested.
- Level 6: Motivational Interviewing for people who have already completed the 20 hour Introduction to MI training:
- Intermediate Motivational Interviewing (4 hours, 1 session)--coming soon
- Advanced Motivational Interviewing--coming in the future
- Drop in sessions for those who have been to Compassionate Conversations or Wellness Ambassador trainings. (1 hour monthly, call Wolverine Wellness @ 734-763-1320 to be added or removed from the monthly invitation)
- Drop in sessions for those who have been to the 20-hour Introduction to MI training (1 hour monthly, call Wolverine Wellness @ 734-763-1320 to be added or removed from the monthly invitation)
- Supervision for those who have been to Introduction to MI training for a fee
- Who conducts trainings:
Not sure which training would be most helpful? Contact the Well-Being Academy staff to consult on your needs: Amanda Reis (firstname.lastname@example.org), Jevon Moore (email@example.com), Marsha Benz (firstname.lastname@example.org).