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I am writing a book on MI in schools, for teachers, and had the experience, for the first time, of receiving a teacher who had registered for one of my Cardiff workshops. Quite why I and others came so late to the potential of MI in this setting is an interesting question. The synergy is almost complete, with both education and MI being about growth and change.

I asked workshop participants to mail me the day after the workshop with any stories about how their use of MI had impacted on their lives. The teacher sent this reply:

Today I met with a 15 year old boy who is at risk of exclusion from school. Essentially he is sick and tired of being told what to do and how to do it. I practised the skills I learnt from the workshop and he came up with two sheets of flip chart papers on next steps for change! He said he felt listened to and inspired to take the next steps. Bravo.

No need for me to discuss synergy between MI and school teaching – the story says it all.

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