Incorporating Frederickson’s Broaden-and-Build Model into Motivational Interviewing Groups . Karen Ingersoll 1 and C hris W agner 2 1 University of V irginia Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences 2 Virginia Commonwealth University
Incorporating Frederickson’s Broaden-and-Build Model into Motivational Interviewing Groups
Karen Ingersoll1 and Chris Wagner2
1University of Virginia
Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences
2Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Rehabilitation Counseling
Symposium presentation at the
3rd World Congress on Positive Psychology,
Los Angeles, California
Saturday, June 29, 2013
People seeking help feel stuck
People seeking help feel demoralized
Traditionally focuses on distress and/or problems
Typically seek a reason in the past for current negative emotions
“…broadenpeople's momentary thought-action
repertoires, widening the array of the thoughts and actions that come to mind (Fredrickson, 1998; Fredrickson & Branigan, 2001)...”
Frederickson, 2001, American Psychologist, 56(3): 218–226.
Motivate change through resolving ambivalence
Balance client-centered and focus elements
Avoid instructive, prescriptive, or directive clinician behaviors
Balance focusing on current issues with staying open to new directions
MI techniques & strategies with
group psychotherapy processes
Wagner, C.C. & Ingersoll, K.S. (2013). Motivational Interviewing in Groups. New York: Guilford Press.
Barbara L. Frederickson, (2004). The Broaden and Build Theory of Positive Emotions. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 359 (1449): 1367-1377.
Barbara L. Frederickson, (2001). The Role of Positive Emotions in Positive Psychology: The Broaden-and-Build Theory of Positive Emotions. American Psychologist, 56(3): 218–226.