Behaviour Change and Motivational Interviewing

Telling a person they are at risk of disease or of developing disease complications is rarely sufficient to change their behaviour. Information about risk is just one of several influences on client behaviour. The evidence indicates that educating clients about risk...

Using OARS in Motivational Interviewing

The four core motivational interviewing skills or OARS are Open questioning, Affirming, Reflecting and Summarising (Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. 2013). Most clinicians and helpers have these essential micro counselling skills in their tool box as they are also used...

The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing

Collaboration, compassion, evocation and acceptance underpin the spirit of Motivational Interviewing (Miller & Rollnick 2013). This spirit can best be seen in action, when the client themself, presents the argument for making changes in their health behaviour....

Peer Support Tackles Occupational Stress

Peer Support Tackles Occupational Stress Considerable research has examined occupational stress, which is often described as the imbalance between demands associated with one’s occupation and the coping resources employees possess to meet these occupational demands...

Personal Reflections on Clinical Supervision

A Personal Reflection on Clinical Supervision - by Barb Bowler Over thirty years ago I started my clinical supervision journey. I was allocated my first clinical supervisor, a woman far above me in the pecking order in the hospital where I worked. I found her cold and...

The Tragedy of Male Depression and Suicide

Fathers, Sons, Brothers and Lovers - The Tragedy of Male Depression and Suicide Historically depression has been viewed as a women’s health issue. We now know however that males are equally susceptible to depression, but that the presentation of depression in males...

Gerry Mullan

Gerry is currently employed in an educational role in a large public mental health service. He commenced this role in October 2013. In the previous 10 years Gerry was the Nursing Clinical Supervision Coordinator for the same organisation. During that time he developed...

Kylie Garrick

Kylie Garrick completed her Psychology training in 1996. She is a registered Psychologist who has worked in a range of clinical areas including mental health; domestic violence; sexual abuse and physical neglect, supporting both adults and children. For the last 10...

Gerry Bloe

Gerry Bloe completed General and Mental Health nursing courses in Scotland in the 1980s and headed a busy Accident and Emergency department before emigrating to Australia in 1995.  He has since gained extensive experiencing managing groups of people with one of the...