Taking the Good Lines

img_1919You are reluctantly remembering your last session with a client who wanted to quit smoking and feeling guilty that it did not go the way you would have hoped.

Your helper instinct kicked in and you were trying to have a conversation about the ramifications of his 2 pack per day habit of 20 years.  Unfortunately, it was like you were in the middle of a bad movie with you taking the role as the hero and your client being the villain.

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What are you HEARING? The 3 types of Talk in MI

IMG_3397Did you know that what comes out of your client’s mouth is highly influenced by what you are saying?

If statements from your client start with the word YOU it can mean they have perceived the conversation as potentially judgmental. In Motivational Interviewing we call this discord. Discord reflects the dissonance in your working relationship, and often conceals feelings of embarrassment, shame, guilt, or loss.

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What you Say MATTERS

IMG_2481Do you frequently come home tired?  Do you wish your conversations felt more serene?

Ever wonder how you can truly make a difference in your clients’ lives without having to try so hard?

I’m here to argue that Motivational Interviewing can save you energy, time and shift the conversation towards change.

What you say REALLY does matter!

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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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Suspending Advice

flower_blog_9230If you could be a fly on the wall, what would you like to hear your client reveal to their friends about your session with them?

Do you want to be seen as helpful and empathetic or someone who was trying to fix their situation?

Recently I gave a brief 1-hour Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshop for physicians at their weekly meeting for research and learning.

Following the workshop, a few of the physicians asked “what is it in us as physicians that we feel compelled to try to fix others?”

Perhaps the real question is “what is it in us as human beings that we think we have the ability to find solutions for another’s problems?

 

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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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