Now that you have learned the basics of MI, it is time to focus on a few specific tools. The aim is to be able to experience how MI can work in practice.
Some tools can best be understood as a basis for the MI-talks because they play a crucial role in providing space for discussing change and for giving the person opportunities to express change talk and to actually make a change.
First, a brief theoretical introduction and then a few examples. Although the tools seem simple and obvious, it is important to remember that MI is something that must be practiced if you want to use it in the best way possible.
PART 1: Affirmations
Affirmations are done by highlighting the strengths of the person or of what they plan to do. A person who is treated in an encouraging and positive way dares to think and talk about their desires for change.
Affirmations improve the person's self-image and increase confidence to implement a change. They can help to create an image of themselves as a competent and valuable person. Affirmations of strength also help the person feel seen, not only because of their problem or difficulty, but as a person who has strengths. Affirmations also strengthen the working alliance.
Affirmations should be given in this form to emphasize that the leader's feelings or thoughts are not central, but the person's strengths are.
“I appreciate that you have done this.”
- “You are brave to have taken this step.”
- “You care about your children.”
- “You are a curious person who wants to learn”.
- “You are brave when you dare to try something new.”
Today you should practice giving affirmations, something you may already be pretty good at. For you to really practice this, you should practice with everyone you meet this week.
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How do deal with resistance using Motivational Interview
Conversations are a central part of most professions. Whether you work in the public or private sector as a manager or as an employee, you'll have to converse with people whose motivation might be low.
My aim with this course is to equip you with tools based on a method called Motivational Interviewing (MI). We will touch on some theoretical aspects of the method, but focus mostly on practical exercises where you, as a leader, will learn how to make a big difference in a conversation.
Motivational interviewing is a collaborative conversation method that aims to strengthen a person's own motivation and commitment to change. The method's primary purpose is to motivate someone, rather than to be therapeutic. It has, therefore, more suitable applications than:
- Evaluation talks with your team
- Conversations aiming to motivate people who participate in a treatment program
My name is Liria Ortiz, MD, psychologist and certified psychotherapist, supervisor and specialist in clinical psychology and a member of the MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers). I teach Motivational Interviewing, write books and conduct therapy.
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