Think about the last time you faced major change, whether in your personal life or at work. Was your path of change easy to navigate? Or, did it feel like the road less traveled, winding and complicated? Change can be hard, and when you are faced with challenges it can be even harder to stay motivated.
As health care providers, we are always looking for strategies that can empower the people we serve to make positive changes. However, we know without the right tools, this a lot easier said than done.
One method that has been shown to improve treatment engagement and outcomes across a range of self-management behaviors is motivational interviewing. It is an effective communication tool to help people living with mental illness, addictions, and other chronic conditions to make meaningful behavior changes to support their overall health. It fosters a collaborative relationship that provides the framework to create a true dialogue about change. You begin to work in partnership with those you care for, instead of within a one-way instructional relationship, which we know doesn’t work.
One of my favorite quotes, by motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, is “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily.” Motivational interviewing is not a method you master overnight, but with the right training it will truly benefit and create conversations of change with your patients and within your organization. After all, even if we are on the road less traveled, it’s a little bit easier when you feel empowered to choose the path.
Learn more by checking out the “Creating Shared Goals with Motivational Interviewing” webinar. Or just email us about how we can help.
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