Motivational Interviewing (MI) approach is based on the premise that people are not always at a stage of readiness to change behaviours, which are perceived by themselves or others to be problematic.
Often, individuals are resistant to changing their behaviour if the behaviour change emphasis is being imposed upon them or if they can not see value for themselves in making the change. These groups may typically deny there is a problem. For instance, there may be strong factors influencing a young person’s choice to maintain behaviour that is seen by others to be problematic, such as peer approval for risk taking behaviour or disruptive behaviour which may mask learning difficulties.
At this stage asking the young person to recognise that there is a problem with their behaviour does not normally work. Phrases such as, “Think about how your parents feel!” or, “Can’t you see how this makes your teachers angry?” may actually increase resistance from the young person and mean that it is difficult for the adult facilitator to develop a supportive relationship with them.
The Transtheoretical Model of Change proposed by Prochaska and DiClemente (1982), following studies of over 300 psychotherapeutic interventions, identified a series of stages that people pass through when changing their behaviour.
The Motivational Interviewing resources provided by this training will support staff to understand where their client is in the model of change and how to use the Solution Focused language to help them to the next stage of change. The training will also introduce staff to how the solution focused language and questioning might be used to help children, young people, adults and families to explore and problem-solve behavioural issues and could also help to facilitate movement through the stages of change.
Following the training, the designated team will be able to use the Approach with even the most resistant Groups.
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