Altering behavior is complicated, and staff can either help the change process by becoming change agents in partnership with the service recipient or hinder the process by unwittingly pushing too hard. This training is a supplementary training for practitioners who have already mastered the Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills offered in the introductory MI training, such as OARS, expressing empathy, rolling with resistance, and avoiding common road blocks to change. In this training, participants learn how to use “change talk” to elicit client motivation. In addition, the training introduces common MI techniques such as DARN statements, reframing, agreement with a twist, and amplified and double-sided reflections. The goal of the training is to help practitioners promote persons’ commitment to change by advancing their use of MI techniques and avoiding traps that interfere with motivation. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of their role in the change process when working with others.

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Learning objectives

  • Describe at least two (2) strategies that can be used in response to resistance
  • List four (4) tools that can be used to encourage change talk
  • Describe why, when, and how to elicit change talk
  • Identify at least one (1) method to help persons commit to change

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