"The training helped me release myself from feeling totally responsible for other people's lives." -End of Course feedback, 12/2019
"Thank you for a truly rewarding seminar! I have been putting the tools of MI into instant practice. ... For me, the seminar demystified the workings of human motivation. It clarified how forces outside the individual can really impair a person's desire to change and perhaps ability to change. I am so glad I had the opportunity to attend." -Curry Cromer, case manager at community nonprofit
"Thank you for providing this training Hillary. It was a profoundly enlightening experience for me and it just makes common sense that our clients can also experience deeper meaning in their lives as a result." -Craig Arey, substance abuse counselor, 2019
"Thank you so much for a thoroughly worthwhile training experience. I learned so much and really appreciated your supportive, evocative, affirming instructional style. You created an environment where it felt safe to go out on a limb and try new things that felt uncomfortable. As a healthcare professional with no prior training in counseling, I especially appreciated the way that you made the material accessible to learners of all backgrounds. I found the constant opportunities for hands-on practice especially useful. It felt so empowering and inspiring to walk away from your training feeling like I actually have (at least a beginner's version of ) the skills I need to start putting MI into practice. I would highly recommend your training to anybody interested in MI!" -Youngmee Hahn, Speech language pathologist
"Hillary was engaging, warm, encouraging, and knowledgeable. She created a safe space for learning. The interactive practice activities were helpful to the learning process. It seemed like there was the perfect balance between content and practice." -from course eval, 2019
"I am very aware of good vs thoughtless pedagogy, with most of what I come across being the latter. Your training was an example of very thoughtful pedagogy, so that my mind could be freed up to learn rather than feeling frustrated and short changed. Keep up the good work!" -Susan Lanham
"Hillary keeps the content of complex training at a palatable pace. She rises to the top as an instructor because of her consistent energy, method, and variety of breakout sessions. Her assertive confidence is gentle enough to bring along the timid, and progressive enough to pull in more seasoned class members. Super impressed with her teaching skills and cannot wait for another training by her!" -Rev. Ferrin Cole MaTS., MDiv.
"I'd taken multiple trainings in MI before this one, and hands down Hillary was the best trainer." -Substance Abuse program director
"Thank you so much for the training that you provided. I'm impressed that you managed to keep us engaged after 2 full days of content...that's a trick! I'm not a great participant in trainings because I get bored easily, but that didn't happen with your presentation style. You did a great job of keeping us moving around, breaking into groups for activities, and smoothly shifting between all the elements that make for an effective training. I've decided that I want to incorporate more active components into my trainings because you inspired me by doing it so well!" -Martha Teater, MA, LMFT
"Hillary Bolter presented a series of Motivational Interviewing workshops through our continuing education training program. Her workshops were well-received and highly reviewed. Clearly, Hillary has a passion for teaching this evidence-based treatment model. As I worked with Hillary to organize these events, I found her to be very professional and accommodating. If you are considering organizing or attending a Motivational Interviewing training, I highly recommend Hillary’s services.” - John Sanders, LCSW, LCAS, training program coordinator FIRST At Blue Ridge, Inc.
"The Watauga team thoroughly enjoyed learning MI skills and practice under your tutelage. We were very impressed with your presentations and weekly phone call sessions. Your energy level kept us pumped up and eager to learn. Your ability to give constructive criticism and feedback is amazing, we always felt supported and encouraged... It was a pleasure to work with you. There are several things that you do during the teaching and learning process that we would like to emulate, especially your enthusiasm and encouraging style. We hope that at some time in the future we can work with you again as we refine our new skills." -Jamie Garland, Watauga Recovery Center
"Hillary has a wonderful attitude and is awesome at her ability to share information effectively." -End of course feedback
"I would say that everything was informative and helpful, AND the highlights for me were the videos that illustrated aspects of MI, the humorous ones especially, AND above all, the video on Monty Roberts Horse Whisperer. Taking things out of the 'conceptual' realm and bringing them into the experiential and metaphorical is most effective." -End of course feedback
"The interactive learning was extremely helpful. Hillary was very involved, entertaining, and informative...I would recommend this to friends and peers. This was an amazing learning experience. Hillary has a beautiful energy, caring and passionate." -Nurse participant
"I recommend this to anyone, and I have much to learn. This is the most useful class I have ever had." -Psychologist participant
"This has taught me to listen better, and to speak in a more nonjudgmental manner, to evoke real conversation." -End of course feedback
"She was a great instructor and able to hold my attention very well. Almost everything that was discussed is something I can't wait to practice. I thoroughly enjoyed." -End of course feedback
"I appreciate her enthusiasm and passion. She is very engaging which helps keep the class involved." -End of course feedback
"I liked how the training was interactive. After taking this course, I feel like I have a good introductory understanding of Motivational Interviewing and I would like to study it further." -End of course feedback
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