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What Is Motivational Interviewing?

Finding the motivation to make positive lifestyle changes can be hard for anyone. For teenagers, it can be especially difficult when  parents are the ones telling them to do it. But if they’ve fallen into unhealthy habits like vaping or alcohol abuse, change can be beneficial. Motivational interviewing is a form of therapy that creates a safe, non-judgmental environment for teens to establish their own goals and values and see how changing unhealthy behaviors can benefit them in the long run.

This series of articles comes from the Child Mind Institute, with most available in English and Spanish. Why might teens be resistant to therapy and how can parents and others to help them get the treatment they need? The articles explain how motivational interviewing can help teens gain the self-confidence to make important behavioral changes. To read more about motivational interviewing, and to connect with the articles in both English and Spanish, please visit CPIR's abstract.

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Publications from the Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled (CPAD)

 Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled

The Chinese Parents Association for the Disabled (CPAD) is a Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC) that assists individuals with disabilities and their families in California. CPAD is dedicated to provide culturally and linguistically relevant services to empower Chinese American families that have children with disabilities, and to improve the quality of life for these individuals in the Greater Los Angeles and Orange County area. CPAD provides educational and recreational services specifically designed for children and youth with disabilities. They offer drawing, dancing, rhythm movement, Chess, Tai-Chi exercises and music therapy classes. CPAD also invites subject matter experts to speak on topics such as how to fight for better educational services and gain better understanding of legal rights. CPAD has excellent publications on education topics.


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