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Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a really important part of mental health and addiction treatment. If you’re a mental health worker, learning how to use motivational interviewing can really help you connect with your clients and help them make healthy changes.

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What Is Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviews are a type of therapy that focuses on helping people work through their feelings of conflict. It’s based on the idea that people’s inner motivations are what drive them to make changes, and when they see it as in line with their values and goals, they’re more likely to make the change.

Motivational interviewing is different from other forms of counseling because it focuses on working together, talking to people, and giving them the freedom to make their own decisions. This makes it great for dealing with resistance and making changes that last.

Motivational interviewing isn’t just a bunch of techniques – it’s a way of looking at things that focuses on empathy, understanding, and working together to heal.

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The Principles of Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is all about working together with the client in a therapeutic way. 
  • Basically, empathy is the key here – the therapist tries to get to know the client’s point of view without judging or critiquing them.
  • Motivational interviewing is based on the concept of cultivating difference, which means helping people see how their current actions conflict with their long-term objectives or beliefs.
  • The concept of rolling with resistance recognizes that being resistant to change is a normal part of life and encourages people to respond to it with compassion and understanding instead of fighting it.

Advantages of Using Motivational Interviewing Techniques

If you’re a mental health or substance abuse professional, motivational interviewing can be really helpful for you.
  • One of the biggest advantages is that it helps keep people coming back even if they’re not sure what they want or don’t want to change.
  • Motivational interviewing techniques are great because they can be tailored to fit different people and situations. Whether you’re talking to a single person, a group of people, or a whole group of people, you can make sure the approach you use is tailored to the individual and their needs.
  • By helping clients figure out what motivates them and how to overcome their hesitation, therapists can help them make positive, long-lasting changes in how they think, feel, and act.

The Stages of Change Model in Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing is a great way for mental health professionals to get a better understanding of how to best support their clients in their efforts to change their behavior. By taking into account the different challenges and opportunities that come with each phase of change, you can tailor your interventions to fit the changing needs and wants of your clients, so you can get the most out of your sessions.
  • Precontemplation stage: In the early stages of precontemplation, when clients might be resistant or not even aware that they need to make changes, you can use motivational interviewing to get their attention, motivate them, and gently challenge them. You can use open-ended questions and affirmations, and listen to what they have to say. This way, you create a non-aggressive environment where you feel like you understand and support them in figuring out where they stand.
  • Contemplation stage: As clients get into the “thinking” phase, where they’re considering the idea of change but still feel hesitant, practitioners can help them dig deeper into what motivates them, what their values are, and what they want to achieve. They can help them think through the advantages and disadvantages of change and work out their inner conflicts. Using reflective listening techniques and strategic questions, they can lead clients to a better understanding of what they want and how change can help them feel hopeful and hopeful.
  • Preparation and Action Stages: During the pre-planning and implementation phases, practitioners can work with clients to create concrete action plans, spot potential challenges, and help them feel more motivated and confident. Practitioners can give their clients the tools and support they need to make positive changes, as well as the skills they need to succeed, so they can feel more empowered and have more control over their lives.
  • Maintenance stage: Finally, during the maintenance phase, trainers can help clients build on their progress, stop them from relapsing, and help them stay motivated and strong.
Practitioners can help clients take a step back and reflect on what they’ve accomplished, celebrate their successes, and dream of a future that’s in line with their values and goals, so they can feel like they’re on the right track and ready to make lasting changes.

The Core Skills of Motivational Interviewing

The acronym OARS stands for Open-Ended Questions & Affirmations. It also stands for Reflective Listening & Summaries. These skills are really important for motivational interviewing and are the foundation of good communication and working together with clients.
  • Open-ended questions: Open-ended questions are a great way to get to the bottom of something. When you use open-ended questions in a strategic way, you can get really good answers out of your clients that will give you a better understanding of what they’re looking for, what they’re worried about, and what they want.
  • Affirmations: It’s really important to help the client identify and build on their strengths, hard work, and good qualities, so they can feel more confident, accepted, and have more power.
  • Reflective: The art of reflecting and validating a client’s feelings and experiences, showing empathy, comprehension, and connection to their inner world, is what we call reflective listening.
  • Summaries: Summaries are like mini summaries of what was said during the session. They give people a chance to think about what they were thinking and feeling, and help them stay on track and make sense of what was said.
Gaining the OARS of Motivation Interviewing gives mental health professionals the skills they need to connect with their clients, get them motivated, and have meaningful conversations that help them make positive changes.

On The Way To Recovery

It’s really important to help the client identify and build on their strengths, hard work, and good qualities, so they can feel more confident, accepted, and have more power.

As mental health experts, we can help our clients feel like they’re in a safe and supportive environment where they can talk about their issues without feeling judged or judged.

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