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Motivation is the most important factor in changing behaviour. Some service users won’t appear to have any motivation; others will, but not always necessarily for the right things, like for example paying rent or taking medication. To empower these service users to change their lives, you need to be able to help develop their motivation.
Motivational interviewing helps to develop a service user’s internal motivation to change ‘problematic’ behaviour of every kind. It is an effective and easy-to-learn technique, that helps you to develop skills such as open questioning and reflective listening to enable you to draw out motivational statements from the service user, allowing them to realise how important change is, and empower them with the confidence to carry out and then to maintain change.
You will learn:
- What motivation is and how you can measure it
- To understand external motivation: the carrot-and-stick approach
- To explore Internal motivation and how it’s developed
- To understand the vital role of importance and confidence in internal motivation
- To be able to use the decisional balance technique to develop ambivalence, the first step in motivation
- To explore the cycle of change model and how to key-work at each stage
- To practise open questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summarising (OARS micro skills) in order to develop talk of change from service users
- How to develop the service user’s own motivational statements into a meaningful plan for change.
Who will benefit from this course?
All staff will benefit, since all customer facing staff should know how to help motivate their clients. Whether it’s to pay their rent, or to consider entering treatment for a mental health or substance misuse problem, the development of motivation is vital.