This presentation was used to train juvenile detention center staff in engaging resistant youth in discussing change.
About Mark Loewen, LPC:
Mark Loewen was born in Asuncion, Paraguay. He completed his BA in Marketing but decided to follow his passion and moved to the United States to complete his master’s degree in counseling. His love for children and teenagers brought him to Richmond, and specialize in play therapy.
Mark has years of experience ranging from work with teens in residential facilities to joining children and families in reaching their goals in private practice. He currently also serves as a supervisor to residents pursuing their counseling license.
As a Registered Play Therapist, Mark uses research validated interventions that include games, sand tray and art to facilitate expression and growth. Mark provides play therapy to children ages three and up. He uses neuroscience-informed techniques to help children and adults process traumatic events they experienced.
Clients enjoy meeting with Mark. Children and teens often report not realizing that they are doing hard work because they are having fun. At his counseling practice in Richmond VA, Mark also works closely with parents, providing parenting feedback that strengthens the relationship with their children. When working with adults, Mark uses mindfulness and art to help his clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and move forward.
Mark is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, The Theraplay Association, and the American Counseling Association.
He is fluent in German and Spanish.
Intro to MI
MI style and traps
Dealing with ambivalence
Eliciting change talk
Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change
by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence.
The examination and resolution of ambivalence is its central purpose, and the counselor is intentionally directive in pursuing this goal.
Motivation is elicited from the client, not imposed
Resolving the ambivalence is the client’s task
Direct persuasion is not effective for resolving ambivalence
Readiness to change is not a trait, but a fluctuating product of interpersonal interaction
The therapeutic relationship is more like a partnership than expert/recipient roles
Motivational Interviewing Style
Tools - OARS