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Feature Article: Empower Yourself, Change Your Life
From Dr. Ellen's Blog: Using Powerful Activities in Workshops for the Public
The Changing Times
Motivational Interviewing for Positive Behavior Change
Recently I have discovered a new way to use my skills as a Motivational Interviewing trainer. I’m really very excited about this! I have adapted my MI trainings for professionals for use with lay people, and this has been very successful. I traveled to Philadelphia last week to provide a workshop, Empower Yourself, Change Your Life, for patients and their families. I was somewhat anxious about doing this, since it’s really an adaptation of MI, but it was very well received. Participants told me it really helped them to think about their lives and the process of changing things that would improve the quality of their lives.
This new way of using my MI training skills is really quite wonderful, and gives me an opportunity to be creative with my professional skills!
P.S. I stated in my September newsletter that I would
cover Part 2 of The 4 Processes of Motivational Interviewing. I
discussed the first two processes, Engaging and Evoking and was to
discuss the last two processes, Focusing and Planning in the October
newsletter. However, I was so thrilled to bring you lessons from my
Empower Yourself, Change Your Life workshop, I decided postpone Part 2
and revisit this topic in the November newsletter.
I have done some training work for Genzyme, Inc., training their genetic counselors and patient liasons. Genzyme manufactures medications to treat genetic diseases such as Gaucher, Fabrey and Pompe diseases. These are inherited disorders of metabolism that cause a variety of problems, including bone and joint pain, weak or fragile bones, easy bleeding and bruising, anemia and fatigue. These physical problems can cause serious pain and disability. The medications only stop the progression of these disorders, but don’t cure them, so patients must continue to use the meds for a lifetime. Genzyme has hired me to train these professionals in Motivational Interviewing, and this training has been extremely well received.
Recently I was hired by the National Gaucher Foundation to adapt the MI training for patients and families, and did the first such program last week. (Here's the link to the event brochure) I talked with them about How to talk with yourself about change, and about the spirit of MI, including being gentle with yourself about changing behavior. We did several exercises together, including asking them to write about something they have successfully changed already. I asked them to write about the process of change, and who or what helped them to be successful. Participants then shared some of what they wrote, and discussed ways to be successful in changing behavior.
We did several other exercises, all designed to help participants clarify their goals regarding possible changes about which they feel ambivalent. I pointed out that most of us have things we think we should change, but haven’t changed yet, that is something we are ambivalent about. We explored some of these possible changes and examined our long term goals and values to see if these proposed changes fit with those values. I describe one of these exercises in my blog below or you can click here, if you would like more information on this.
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