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Motivational interviewing is a way of being with a trauma
survivor, not just a set of techniques for having a conversation. Miller and
Interviewing (MI) is not therapy but is a technique in which you become a
helper in the change process and express acceptance of your survivor. It is a
way to interact with them in a non-threatening manner and helps the survivor go
inward so they can move toward their personal goals. It is optimistic about the
survivor’s capabilities for exercising free choice and changing through a
process of self-actualization.
activates the capability for beneficial change that everyone possesses.
Although some people can continue change on their own, others require more
formal treatment and support over the long journey of recovery. Even for
survivors with low readiness, MI serves as a vital prelude to later therapeutic
Motivational interviewing is a helping style
based on the following assumptions:
about change is normal and constitutes an important motivational obstacle
- Ambivalence can
be resolved by working with your survivor’s intrinsic motivations and
- The alliance
between you and your survivor is a collaborative partnership to which you
each bring important expertise.
- An empathic,
supportive, yet directive, helping style provides conditions under which
change can occur. Direct argument and aggressive confrontation may tend to
increase survivor defensiveness and reduce the likelihood of behavioral
Date: May 11, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM to Noon
Fee: $30 before April 26, $40 at the door
Location: Capital Baptist Church, 3504 Gallows Road, Annandale, VA
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