Validation vs. Affirmation: What is the Crucial Difference?

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In Motivational Interviewing, you may hear the term “affirmation” frequently. In Motivational Interviewing, we use affirmations vs. validation or confirmation. What’s the difference between affirmation and validation? Is it just a matter of semantics?   As we explore the techniques of Motivational Interviewing, we can learn how to affirm and hold space for those we […]

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Guided Sharing Circles: Creating a Safe Space to Process Emotions + Connect

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Many of us feel overwhelmed by the prevalence of hate crimes and identity-based terrorism that surrounds us. How do we even start to unpack feelings when we see a shooting at an LGBTQ+ club that was supposed to be a safe space? When people are shot at the grocery store in a terrible hate crime?

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Integrating the Principles of Healing Focused Care with Client-Centered Case Management

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These days, we hear a lot about being “client-centered” in our work, but many folks may wonder, what does that really mean?”   It’s a good question—after all, isn’t all service work client-centered? Client-centered case management sounds almost redundant.   But the truth is, if we want to build that all-important rapport with clients that

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How to Build Motivation in Motivational Interviewing

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If you work in human services, chances are high that you’re familiar with Motivational Interviewing. Further, you may know a key component of MI is helping people build motivation to embrace healthy behavior changes. But how to build motivation can sound like a tall order and can sometimes be elusive to new learners of MI.

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How to Understand Trauma: Why Empathy is Crucial to Trauma-Informed Care

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All humans experience trauma at some point in their lives. It’s pretty impossible to get through life without experiencing loss, discrimination, danger, pain, fear, or sorrow. A moment or moments of powerlessness. Of course, not all of us process trauma the same way, but we’ve all been through something traumatic. We can leverage our unique

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Exploring Examples of Trauma-Informed Care Questions to Guide Intake

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When offering any kind of Trauma-Informed Care, you’re likely to meet people who will be hesitant to open up. Whether you’re working in mental health care, education, legal support, or social work, some of those “awkward” and even painful questions are key to learning the needs of the people you’re serving.   So, what are

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Focusing on Team Wellness & Ongoing Wellbeing Circles

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Today, more than ever, we’re starting to be aware of the critical nature of team wellness and wellbeing in the workplace. Providing an environment of support and wellbeing can help reduce turnover, alleviate burnout, and offer people more job satisfaction.   Beyond the need to focus on wellbeing from an employer perspective, there’s a need

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Trauma-Informed Care Training: 6 Ways the Approach Makes a Difference

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At Share Collaborative, we specialize in Trauma-Informed Care training, which is a bit of a misnomer. As discussed, “training” might be the common term for sharing information about trauma-informed care, but as a philosophy, we offer facilitation.   We recognize that it’s impossible to train people to be or feel a certain way. We can’t

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