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While professional interviewing can elicit information, motivational interviewing is a collaborative, conversational approach for evoking a service user’s own motivation to change. Not only do you draw upon an individual’s needs, using motivational interviewing helps to empower the service user to make the necessary changes to improve their well-being. Traditional assessment is often a question and answer process versus motivational interviewing, which is conversational and motivational. It is critical to note that traditional assessments are complex and are specific psychometric measurements that require reliability and validity in order to be a true assessment measure. Reliability is the degree to which an assessment is consistent, and validity is the degree to which an assessment measures what it intends to measure. As an advanced human services professional practitioner, you will generally use motivational interviewing more often than psychometric assessment instruments, however, this is dependent upon your practice or employment, or even your credentials. When you use assessment measures, it is important to understand the notion of reliability and validity.
In motivational interviewing, it is critical to understand and utilize communication styles that are effective. Without the appropriate communication style, the interview no longer elicits the right information nor empowers the individual. Identifying your communication style and approach is important in developing your skills in motivational interviewing. As you will discover in the readings, this week, some communication styles are more appropriate than others when using motivational interviewing.
In this Discussion, you will identify your communication style and consider how it may affect your approach to motivational interviewing. You also will compare motivational interviewing to traditional assessment techniques used in human services settings.
MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING VS. TRADITIONAL ASSESSMENT TECHNIQUES
Read Chapter 1 in the course text. Pay particular attention to the continuum of communication styles (directing, guiding, and following) and the role of each in motivational interviewing. Then, identify your dominant communication style. Review the Learning Resources on traditional assessment techniques and motivational interviewing. Consider how the goals of motivational interviewing are similar to and different from the goals of traditional assessment techniques.
Post a brief explanation of where you believe you currently fall on the continuum of communication styles, and explain how your style may affect your approach to motivational interviewing. Then, describe the traditional assessment techniques you currently use in your organization or those with which you are familiar. Compare motivational interviewing to one traditional assessment technique. In your comparison, be sure to address how the goals of motivational interviewing are similar to and different from the goals of the traditional technique.
Respond to two of your colleagues’ postings by sharing an insight gained from reading their posts. Explain how your colleagues’ postings have changed your perception or understanding of motivational interviewing and traditional assessment techniques.
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Post a brief explanation of where you believe you currently fall on the continuum of communication styles and explain how your style may affect your approach to motivational interviewing.
I fall within the Guiding Style because I have always been a great listener, and I am a vital support system and more encouraging than telling someone what they should do or instantly giving advice. Instead, I would help someone find a solution rather than immediately provide them with the answer. When you give advice, it is essential to understand that you are potentially giving someone information that could create an impasse in their lives. This approach, being middle of the road, allows for compromise; it is not overbearing, and it is not what I would consider “follow the pack.”
Then, describe the traditional assessment techniques you currently use in your organization or those with which you are familiar.
While employed in the Human Resources field as a Generalist and Benefits Administrator, I spoke to employees regarding their Benefits. While completing this task, the most ethical way to talk to employees was to use the training I received previously. It taught me to encourage a positive work environment and an open-door policy where employees could feel at ease to come in and discuss whatever was on their minds. When I was previously in their shoes, I knew what it was like to have employees who were not as easy to speak with and how it felt not to be heard or concerned with, and that was not the kind of administrator I wanted to be for my employees. Ensuring that the Administrators have a successful team collaboration plan can improve their problem-solving abilities and increase the overall company morale, which strengthens their communication skills.
Compare motivational interviewing to one traditional assessment technique. In your comparison, be sure to address how the goals of motivational interviewing are similar to and different from the goals of the traditional technique.
Motivational interviewing is a counseling approach designed to help people find the motivation to change positive behavior.
The traditional assessment technique I chose to compare motivational interviewing to is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a method of treatment in therapy that focuses on the emotions, behaviors, and thoughts of individuals by uprooting negative and irrational beliefs. CBT is considered a form of talk therapy, and it aims to identify harmful thoughts and assess whether they are an accurate depiction of reality. CBT is an appropriate form of treatment for all ages and can address multiple disorders, from PTSD, to anxiety, OCD, and more. This form of therapy can be delivered either face-to-face or through online therapy sessions.
Motivational interviewing and CBT are similar in that both therapy treatments not only deal with behavioral changes but also focus on the overall motivation of the patient involved. I am aware of CBT in this manner because I have been through CBT within the last year, as well as DBT. Sharing this information is not something I was at first going to share; however, after much consideration and thought, sharing my experiences means exploring more learning.
Motivational interviewing and CBT are different – Motivational interviewing takes a lot more time to complete the therapy sessions and has quite a bit more program management and pragmatic detailing. The CBT therapy timeline is generally 5 to 20 sessions; however, there can be more if necessary.
Psychology Today. (n.d.). Cognitive behavioral therapy | psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/cognitive-behavioral-therapy (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/cognitive-behavioral-therapy)