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Transcript of Motivational Interviewing
The Spirit of
Who's at fault is irrelevant
Elicits passivity, clients are not encouraged to explore issues in depth, increases power differential
Sets client up to make a reasonable argument in response to every statement the counselor makes.
Providing direction to the client without first helping the client to determine their own goals, direction and plans, clients may tend to passively accept the counselor's suggestions, and may only halfheartedly commit changing.
Client identification as "alcoholic" or "addict" may not necessarily foster change talk.
Premature Focus Trap
Does not allow for sufficient time to explore full array of potential client goals, and can raise resistance.
(I will make changes)
(I am ready, prepared, willing
(I am taking specific actions to change)
Recognizing Change Talk
Desire to ...
("want, like, wish")
Ability to ...
Reasons to ...
Need for ...
("got to, need to, have to")
Responding to change talk