‘You lot don’t care! You haven’t a clue what we’re going through!” We’re entitled to more than this, and we’re going to get it. Who’s your manager? ‘What do you know? Do you have kids of your own?’
Are these kinds of ‘heart-sink’ phrases familiar? Do you or your staff frequently find themselves on the defensive as practitioners or as managers? In an environment of diminishing resources and increasing demand on services, we need a fresh and imaginative approach. Motivational Interviewing is a strengths-based approach that helps conversations become more productive, drawing out the motivation or energy within the individual, however little that might be.
The key principles are:
• Engagement with the client, rather than doing something to them – i.e. change cannot be forced or pushed on to someone. It has to be internal for the client to be meaningful and long term. • Rolling with resistance (NB this is not rolling over or being passive) • Express empathy • Avoid conflict • Developing discrepancy in client’s thinking • Support self-responsibility Clients are often stuck or ambivalent about making changes for themselves. Practitioners can easily collude with this ‘stuckness’, or out of frustration try to push people to action, which only increases resistance. Motivational Interviewing helps to make the practitioner aware of these tendencies and give them options to work more powerfully in ways that create more possibility of change for their clients.
Motivational Interviewing is a framework of intervention, brought together in the 1990s by William Miller and Stephen Rollnick. It is an approach that is designed to work with those most resistant to change or stuck in entrenched behaviours. The premise of Motivational Interviewing is that motivation is not a ‘fixed state’ that a person does or does not have. Rather, motivation ebbs and flows depending on many factors such as circumstances, mood and so forth. The skilled practitioner (or manager) will harness whatever very little motivation there might be, and help it move in the right direction. The Motivational Interviewing approach borrows in from other sources such as Carl Rogers’ person-centred counselling; Socratic thinking and Prochaska & DiClemente’s Cycle of Behaviour change. MI is the chosen approach for the Family Safeguarding Model to underpin all interactions with families, individuals, colleagues, for supervision, case conferences and management. It builds on strengths-based work and works with ‘what’s strong, not what’s wrong’.
This highly interactive course will equip you with key tools, skills and experience to make an immediate difference to clients. Using a blend of teaching styles, film and live MI demonstrations and plenty of group work, it will enhance and develop your own strength-based skills. The course has three Practice Development Sessions to further embed the learning with live cases. There is also a unique Motivational Skills App with a wealth of materials to support you in your MI practice.
This course will:
Give an overview of Motivational Interviewing and how we can model this strengths-based approach to underpin Family Safeguarding in Wandsworth
By the end of the course participants will:
- To gain an understanding of the spirit and principles of Motivational Interviewing
- To gain a practical understanding of the cycle of behaviour change, and how it can inspire families
- To be able to use a few key MI techniques
This course is to develop MI as a model of practice in preparation for the launch of the Family Safeguarding Model in Wandsworth in October 2021.
It is only for Wandsworth staff and selected partner agencies as determined by Sarah McGarry and Louise Jones.