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What’s the connection with Fall & Motivational Interviewing?

Four Reasons Why Fall and Motivational Interviewing are Fabulous

Fall brings hope and promise, just like motivational interviewing. Every season brings promise and a renewed sense of beginnings. This new sense of promise is what motivational interviewing is about as well.

Fresh starts, renewed attempts, and learning what is needed to move forward. A new lens, a new perspective, a new reason why.

Five  Reasons Why Fall is Fabulous

1. Fresh air. There is nothing like breathing in the fresh, crisp air of the fall season.   The fresh air is renewing, revitalizing and refreshing. Just like change can be in our lives.

2. Fragrance of wet leaves on the ground. Taking a walk or run outside on a path and smelling the fragrance of wet leaves along the pavement takes me back to childhood days of playing in the leaves. My birthday is in October so the smell takes me back to my childhood birthday parties.

3. Fuzzy, Wooley Bear Caterpillar. Known to me as the Wooley black and brown caterpillar.  According to the legend: The Woolly Bear caterpillar has 13 distinct segments of either rusty brown or black. The wider the rusty brown sections (or the more brown segments there are), the milder the coming winter will be. The more black there is, the more severe the winter. When I am riding my bike on paths and see the Wooley Bear it makes me smile. The colors are so vivid. I only seem them in the fall. It feels like a long lost friend greeting each other once again.  

4. Fire pits are never better than on a cool, crisp fall evening. Conversations around the campfire.

Staying outside to watch the sunset, roasting a few hot dogs on the open fire and maybe a marshmallow or two. I grew up with a fire pit in the backyard. Actually, it was more like a true campfire. We’ve had hundreds of family and neighborhood wiener roasts around the campfire throughout my life and my children’s early years. It was a time of true conversation and community.

5. Football. It is not so much the game of football that I love but what it brings to a group of people cheering on a group; it can make a community.   There is something about a community, whether it is the town you live in or region, when people cheer together for a common goal. People unite together.

There is energy, movement, intention, strategies, music, colors, and anticipation going on in an outdoor stadium on a beautiful evening.

When working with individuals on change, a new sense of hope, promise and possibilities is what keep us moving forward. It gives us courage to be brave to address change. Motivational interviewing gives us the presence and the skills on how to be effective practitioners when we partner with individuals to see the possibilities and breathe in the new, fresh air.   Just like the season of fall.

What are your favorite parts of fall?

How do you invite the fresh air of fall into your life?

Transform Conversations. Transform Healthcare. Transform Lives.

Dr. Becky Lang


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“Dr. Lang’s training provided me with a better understanding of the motivational interviewing process. The skills I learned from her training have helped me feel more engaged and thoughtful when listening and talking with those around me. Dr. Lang is energetic, knowledgeable, passionate and provides a great learning environment.”

Nancy AdrianseBSDH, Oral Health Manager, Iowa Primary Care Association

“The training I received in Becky’s motivational interviewing class was invaluable. It laid a wonderful foundation for me to effectively empower my patients to develop and implement positive changes for their health. Becky created such a nurturing, nonthreatening environment that allowed me to freely learn and practice. This is certainly a class I can recommend to anyone wanting to learn to assist others with behavior changes.”

Robin GeorgeRN, Motivational Interviewing training participant

“At the YMCA, we have worked with Dr. Becky Lang for over a decade now to help us shift and shape our culture. As an organization committed to strengthening our community, the coaching and training skills that Dr. Lang has provided have helped us immensely. With her education and guidance she has helped us establish a culture that focuses on building meaningful relationships with our members, focusing on their needs, and coaching them towards success in their pursuit of a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Lang has trained all levels of our staff from our front line Wellness Coaches to our Executive Directors and Leadership Teams. Her on-going support has allowed the coaching-culture to come alive in our organization.”

Kim Stewart Kim Stewart Director of Operations, YMCA of Greater Des Moines

“The training Becky provided has been one of the most rewarding nursing experience I have had in 30 years. The style of interviewing and teaching patients is rewarding and positive. Her techniques drive the sessions to be more personal and patient-centered. Through Becky’s teaching, I was comfortable to practice and get familiar with the motivational interviewing process. Becky is an exceptional trainer and I recommend her training to all health coaches and educators.”

Sandy LovelessRN, Motivational Interviewing training participant

“The motivational interviewing techniques Becky teaches allow patients to set goals and work toward changes that are important to them. Patients feel in control of their own health and allow me to be in a more supportive roll. Becky has a positive and uplifting spirit that makes her classes extremely enjoyable.”

Tyra CarltonRN, Motivational Interviewing training participant

“Rebecca Lang was a respected colleague who diligently served as a teacher and mentor to hundreds of students over her long career at Grand View University. I had the distinct pleasure to work with Becky and regularly witness her vocation to Wellness education. She motivates those around her by a strong and genuine commitment to a lifestyle which promotes health and well-being.”

Katharina TumpekPhD, Professor and former Chair, Dept. of Health Promotions, Grand View University

“It has been a pleasure to work with Becky Lang over the last 25 years. Within a variety of contexts in the wellness arena, I have witnessed Dr. Lang’s mastery as a wellness educator, a health coach, a professor, and, most recently, as a health coaching trainer. I could go on at length about Dr. Lang’s passion, enthusiasm, high energy, wisdom, and deep knowledge in health promotion and behavior change. One of the attributes that impresses me most, though, is her ability to create a relaxed, fun, interactive, and content-rich training environment. Her refreshingly supportive, inviting, and empathic style of training and coaching allows learners to take risks, experiment, try on new skills, and participate authentically in role play exercises without feeling awkward and intimidated. Through Dr. Lang’s coaching and training, people learn–often more than they imagined.”

Jill NorrisRN, MPH, PCMH-CCE, Director, Care Management, University of Iowa Health Alliance