The interaction and sharing of knowledge and expertise at the 2017 Counseling Conference were overwhelming. The participants, through comprehensive presentations, demos, and discussions, learned several things about mental health, particularly on the topic of motivational interviewing. The techniques and principles of MI were explained clearly by speakers that were experts in the field of counseling. Some examples of demonstrations involved role-playing, where a counselor was using different techniques to encourage the client to talk about what he’s feeling and what he wants to happen. Pastors and mental health professionals attended the conference.
So what is a motivational interview, and who needs it?
A motivational interview is a form of counseling that was created to help people resolve their conflicting and doubtful insecurities of themselves. The techniques involved in MI are focused on identifying what kind of motivation that people need so that they will be more capable of changing their behaviors. MI is short, empathetic, and practical. Life-changing decisions are indeed complex, and quite challenging to handle for most of us is part of the procedure that is dealt with in this form of counseling.
Who needs it?
Motivational interviews are mostly utilized by people who need to resolve difficult vices like drug addiction as well as those who desire to learn how to handle cathartic life situations that make an impact on their health – people who suffer from heart conditions, diabetes, and asthma. These people need MI as an intervention to change the unwanted behaviors that are preventing them from healing. It also helps them prepare themselves for other kinds of therapies that they will undergo.
Ultimately, the goal of motivational interviewing is to assist people in becoming hopeful and motivated and in being ready for the changes ahead of them. This is also a good way for them to be ready to make the necessary changes that they should make. For those who are often bitter or angry, this is an excellent adjunct for anger management. The commitment to change is not the major part of the process as MI also focuses on helping people go through the various phases of their emotions and to look for the right kinds of motivation for them.