New Registered Dietitian Experiences Motivational Interviewing

IMG_2945Looking back on these past 6 weeks, there are so many new things I have learned from Susan and about myself. A highlight of my internship was finding out about motivational interviewing (MI) through the trainings I attended.

Motivational interviewing is a language to help resolve ambivalence with behavior change. What is remarkable about this language is that any profession can benefit from it. It is a language that gives you the tools to evoke change from within a client for what works for their individual lifestyle.

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What We Say MATTERS: The Working Alliance

Part of any successful relationship, personal or business is the working alliance.

Is there a true partnership? How is the collaboration?

Through learning and teaching Motivational Interviewing I realize the working alliance is not only important, but also vitally essential.

How do your words “land” on your clients? Are their eyes shining? How is your language being received?

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Straying from Advice Giving

IMG_1888I never wanted to be just an “advice-giver”. Dietitians are typically trained to give diet education, create meal plans, and relay food rules about what to eat and what to avoid. Eating is habitual, and habits are hard to break. Thus, a true motivation is required to build momentum for the long haul of change making. Simply put, the conventional formula of meal plans and sheer willpower just aren’t sustainable enough to power long-term change.

I yearned for a more authentic and therapeutic way to communicate with clients, rather than offering a meal plan and hoping for compliance. When I was introduced to Motivational Interviewing (MI) at a beginner workshop led by Susan, I was in awe as the concepts of communication that resonated so deeply with me.

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Meeting People at Their Dreams: Changing the Dynamics of your Conversation

06fa1e44-f57d-476d-864b-8bfa98275447Last week I had the opportunity to attend and assist in a Motivational Interviewing workshop in Portland, Maine with Stephen Andrew, who is one of the “trainer of trainers” as he’s been training in MI for over 20 years.

It was a life-changing experience for me and I learned many wonderful things during those 3 days, which are worth sharing over time on this blog so here’s the beginning.

If we meet people where they are at, we stay and remain with them in the problem.

Focusing on the problem just reinforces it and focusing on the dream changes the whole dynamics of a conversation.

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Understanding the Power of Motivational Interviewing

IMG_9268As a soon to be registered dietitian (RD), I have completed school and my internship. I am currently preparing for the RD exam and getting ready to embark on my new career. But…as part of this new journey, I wanted to make sure I had all of the tools necessary to be the best RD I could in this ever-changing world.

This meant being able to have a language to help my patients achieve their desired health goals. Yet as the British poet Joseph Addison said it best, “There is nothing which we receive with so much reluctance as advice.”

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Motivational Interviewing For Registered Dietitians

As RD’s we are trained to give information – diets for hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, etc.  We have a plethora of knowledge that can help our patients but how do we know they are actually ready and willing to hear what we have to say?

How do we work with a patient so our knowledge and expertise do not fall on deaf ears?

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