Have you ever had a client who was ambivalent about making changes to enhance their daily lives? Have you ever sat in a meeting with staff members and noted that there was a desire for change but a general lack of motivation to complete the identified tasks to move in the direction of change?
STLCFD’s Ryan Lindsay, LCSW, Chief Operating Officer, has created a comprehensive Motivational Interviewing (MI) training model for local agencies.
The Motivational Interviewing training model emphasizes a communicative approach focusing on internal motivations to change a current behavior while promoting self-efficacy and growth. Providers can learn how to use one’s internal motivators to create change. MI has a wide range of applications from direct clinical work, assessment, case management to organizational culture. When organizations promote a MI framework in their direct and administrative practices, it opens the door to promote healthy changes that will better people’s lives.
Completing the Motivational Interviewing training was an eye-opening experience for me that has changed the way I approach my work. Something Ryan said during the training is, “if it was easy to change, [the client] already would have.” This, combined with the rest of his teachings, turned on a “light bulb” for me; individuals need help moving to the next phase along the continuum of change- one step at a time. Not only does this work with direct service, but I applied it to a more macro scale since I work on a regional level. It has made me think differently about how I work with my staff; the messages, presentations and programs we deliver to communities; and even data collection forms and questions asked of participants. I went into the training thinking I would get useful tools for one specific area, and instead walked away with useful tools I can apply in so many areas of my work and my life.
– Erin Mooney, MSW
Senior Director of Health Promotions
American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region
Reviews about the Motivational Interviewing Trainings:
Matthew A. Broom, MD, FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Saint Louis University School of Medicine at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center reports:
In what ways has learning Motivational Interviewing changed the way you approach your work?
It has helped our team improve their communication and strategies for partnering families to work towards successful behavioral change. Has significantly improved our listening and guiding of patients and their families.
How has the Motivational Interviewing training impacted your organization?
It has increased the awareness of the benefits of MI within our organization (Department of Pediatrics specifically) and also among residents in training
How has the Motivational Interviewing training impacted your view of the people you work with?
Empowered our staff to utilize tools learned via MI and incorporate them into both current and future practice.
How has learning MI changed your satisfaction in the work that you do?
Allowed us to have another method with which to consider in reaching our patients, in order to better assist them with achieving successful behavioral change in their lives
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