- Motivational interviewing is a counseling method proven effective to drive patients towards behavior change; but in reality, motivational interviewing takes practice to master.
- Kognito’s instructional designer Seth Bleecker shows healthcare professionals three ways to have better conversations about behavior change, right now.
Many simulations draw on motivational interviewing (MI), an evidence-based counseling method that helps people change their behavior and make healthier choices. I’m guessing you’ve heard of motivational interviewing before–it’s been around for over 30 years, and it has a strong evidence base in settings like healthcare, substance use treatment, and others. In general, motivational interviewing is a practical and effective way to support patients or clients. It’s thrilling to see that motivational interviewing training is becoming more widespread.
But if you’ve ever tried to apply motivational interviewing in your own practice, you might have found it isn’t as easy as it sounds. I’ve designed dozens of simulations that teach motivational interviewing skills, and I can say that it’s not just you: it’s a complex skill set that takes a long time to hone.
The challenge in designing a motivational interviewing training is that you, the practitioner, need something you can use right away. This is a problem I’ve tackled with multiple groups of experts over the years, and I’ve noticed some skills are easier to pick up than others.
So here are three simple things you can start doing right now to have better conversations about behavior change. They’re framed as extensions or modifications to what you’re already doing. And not only will they help you immediately, but they’re also stepping-stones toward expanding and improving your use of motivational interviewing.
Source: Hit Consultant