Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing

Mission impossible:

- Helping someone who doesn't want to change.
- Helping someone who wants to change but doesn't believe themselves capable.
- Encouraging someone to maintain their path to change.

Unfortunately, we can't urge someone to motivate themselves. It isn't something we can hand over; willpower is autonomous, a decision that can only be made by the individual.

In 1983, psychologists William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick, developed a process called Motivational Interviewing. "A[...]collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to, a specific goal, by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion." (Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change. William R Miller, PhD, Stephen Rollnick, PhD. Guilford Press, Sep 2012.)

In laymen's terminology, the process encourages behavioural change by engaging clients to explore and resolve their uncertainties. This is dissimilar to non-directive counselling, as motivational interviewing encourages clients to be goal driven and focused.

Uncertain behaviour inhibits positive change. Only by examining the reason behind a person's uncertainty can we resolve the core issue. The counsellor, in this situation, actively directs clients along a route that leads to pursuing the path to change.

Motivational interviewing is a means of counselling those who wish to make adjustments in their lives, but addresses and accepts the fact that all clients are approaching the need to change with different levels of readiness.

A non-confrontational and a non-judgemental way of increasing the client's awareness of their own uncertainty is the key to motivational interviewing's power. By addressing the potential problem, making the individual realize the consequences of their behaviour, and then finally, urging them to see the risks they face by continuing with their self-destructive behaviour, we can start to make positive changes in a person's life.

Such techniques are incredibly powerful methods of treatment with addictive behaviours, those seeking to move forward from a life crisis or looking to break apathy or other negative life patterns into which they have settled.

Ulf Lidman Training has helped clients on an individual setting, but this technique is incredibly powerful on a corporate level too. Key members of staff are as humans as lower level employees—as vulnerable to the vagaries of fate as the next man. Having an important worker laid low by destructive behaviour can wreak havoc on the workplace. Motivational interviewing is a non-aggressive but structured and focused way of addressing issues the individual can bring into the workplace. Increasing productivity and efficiency are just two of the many benefits of such a course of action.

If your organization could benefit from such a service as motivational interviewing, then contact Ulf Lidman Training for more information or to schedule your appointment.

Click on the link to see a sample of a course content. Of course we will tailor-make  the training to your organisation’s specific needs.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing



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