“Change MI Talk” accredited workshops promote behaviour change

THE OZONE. “Change MI Talk” accredited workshops promote behaviour change

By Jane Martin, psychologist and psychotherapist, facilitator, NLP practitioner and coach,
Flow Consulting.

Jane Martin

“Change MI Talk” accredited workshops promote behaviour change

“People are usually better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the minds of others.” (Pascal, 2005).


Understanding how to use a motivational interviewing approach with people with long term conditions is a simple skill to learn and can help support behaviour change.


“I was able to put the ideas into practice pretty quickly when I got back to clinic. I was able to just help them understand it for themselves they were able to take a step forward.”


Motivational interviewing takes no more time than a normal consultation and supports patients to identify and activate their own motivation to change.

The approach combines elements of style (e.g. warmth and empathy) with techniques such as focused reflective listening and the development of discrepancy. This enables the patient to see the ‘gap’ between where they are now and where they want to be.

Our workshops enable healthcare practitioners to understand how people change (and identify what might be stopping them) and to identify what stage of change each client is at.

From here we support participants to hone their communication skills for maximum impact with each person, and learn new tips and techniques to support them to change.

During the workshop we act out real-life scenarios and enable individuals to practice and ‘play’ with different options for communication, to see the impact that each has and to learn from each other.

Motivational interviewing is a directive, patient-centered approach that is increasingly being used in healthcare consultations and has proven to be effective across a wide range of conditions and behaviours.

Workshops can be adapted to suit the needs of different therapy areas, with disease specific role-plays developed for different groups of nurse specialists.

Read more from Jane and her fellow collaborators and panellists in Issue 2 of The Ozone e-magazine.


Published on: May 24, 2017