Motivational Interviewing for Positive Change

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Focus on the flowers, not the weeds. 

At Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Healthy Living, we use motivational interviewing with our patients to make changes for a healthier lifestyle.

What is Motivational Interviewing?

It’s a Conversation… 

~ That is collaborative  

~ That respects people’s language of change 

~ That allows people to talk themselves into change

~ That helps people resolve ambivalence…

  • Help me understand?
  • How important is this to you? 

Ambivalence – Mixed Feelings  

  • Is normal 
  • Occurs throughout the change process 
  • Reflects cost and benefits of change and the status quo 
  • Is uncomfortable 
  • May become chronic 
  • Is resolved by the patient –  Bem’s Self-Perception Theory  
  • Get others to talk. When we hear ourselves talk we change. 

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Stages or Circle of Change 

  • Pre-contemplation (no problem) 
  • Contemplation (maybe a problem) 
  • Determination (decision to change) 
  • Action (takes time) 
  • Maintenance (new habit) 
  • Relapse (perhaps)

Communication

Thomas Gordon’s 12 Communication Roadblocks 

  1. Ordering, directing or commanding 
  2. Warning or threatening 
  3. Giving advice, making suggestions or providing solutions 
  4. Persuading with logic, arguing or lecturing 
  5. Moralizing, preaching or telling clients what they “should” do 
  6. Disagreeing, judging, criticizing or blaming 
  7. Agreeing, approving or praising 
  8. Shaming, ridiculing or labeling 
  9. Interpreting or analyzing 
  10. Reassuring, sympathizing or consoling 
  11. Questioning or probing 
  12. Withdrawing, distracting, humoring or changing the subject 

Are you getting Weeds or Flowers in your communications? 

If you’re getting weeds, what questions are you asking?

Make your questions, open questions.

Closed question: Will get a yes or no answer or specific answer. 

Examples…

  • Are you journaling? 
  • Are you exercising? 

Open question: Tell me about… 

Examples…

  • How are you getting along? 
  • What concerns do you have? 

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What is on your helpful and not helpful list when communicating?

Not Helpful…

Condescending, Judgmental, Put downs, Ulterior motive… 

Helpful…

Positive attitude, Supportive, Listening, Empathy… 

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Motivational interviewing has been very useful in my practice as a Lifestyle Educator. It creates a comfortable atmosphere as we all work together in partnership to pursue well-being. It puts the power in the hands of those who are asking for help.

It is a blessing to be a part of a team that leads Healthy Living Programs at Kaiser Permanente in Panorama City.

For your health,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici -Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

My Website

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You Got The Power

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Feeling Powerless?

It happens. Ugh! What a world… it keeps spinning… feeling dizzy! Dizziness isn’t the half of it!

Maybe someone has done you wrong because their take on life situations don’t gel with yours. Different perceptions and misunderstandings happen. Should you be pro-active and confront the matter or over-look the obvious to keep the peace? Maybe, you hope for the best but over time, things get worse. How did things get so messed up?

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Are you being cooked?

Do you remember the analogy of the frog who was put in boiling water? Instinct triggers the frog to jump out of the water. However, when the frog is put in warm water, he swims around. The frog is having a good old-time and doesn’t notice that the temperature in the pot is getting hotter and hotter. When the water starts to boil, the poor frog is too weak to jump out.

Are you in survival mode?

It takes more than planning, it takes a wise strategy to keep your finances, business and life in balance. This takes looking back at the past and learning from your mistakes. Then, take a good look at the present and the big picture. What are the changes that are happening now and how does this effect your future and the future of those you hold dear?

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Let’s focus on business P-O-W-E-R…

·       P – Prepare. Be Positive.

 ·      O – Be Open to Opportunities. You are an Original. 

·       W – Use Winning Words.

·        E – Enthusiastic Efforts become Effortless.

·        R – Get Ready to Recreate.

You Got The Power!

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I believe the ultimate Creator is God and His Power is glorified in our weakness.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:9

Blessings,

Maria Lauren, aka Maria Elena Alberici

Your Powerful LIFE blog

My Website

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Maria Lauren – Fitness Champion – Lifestyle Educator – Entertainer – Author

This is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment. It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted.