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Emily Kline

The School of Hard Talks: Motivational Interviewing for Better Conversations and Stronger Relationships

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Want to have better relationships with the teens and young adults in your life? A great relationship is founded on mutual respect and understanding–especially as young people grow into independence and relate to their parents in a new way. Learn how to connect with your children in this practical guide using techniques that focus not on inducing compliance but rather on respecting their thoughts and understanding their motivations.

  • Discover why parents get on their older kids’ nerves and why young adults tend to dismiss parents’ input.
  • Understand how to suppress your parental “righting reflex” – the almost irresistible urge to help by offering reassurance and advice.
  • Learn what young people really think and feel, to help them figure out how to navigate their decisions and dilemmas competently on their own.
  • Handle conflict in a way that is productive and nurtures the relationship.

Dr. Emily Kline details a five-step program based on Motivational Interviewing and gives parents simple take-aways to have conversations about any topic, whether it is curfews, sex, drugs, homework, friends, or college applications.

Dr. Emily Kline is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. She serves as the Director of Psychological Services for the Wellness and Recovery After Psychosis team and leads the Motivational Interviewing for Loved Ones lab at Boston Medical Center. Her research focuses on early course psychosis, adolescent and young adult mental health, and parent-focused interventions.

Dr. Kline completed her bachelor’s degree at Haverford College, her master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and her clinical and post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School.

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