Elgin Health Links: Motivational Interviewing - Lesson 1

Please watch the following recorded lectures, and complete the readings and individual exercise below by 5 PM ET on the day before the next live webinar. NOTE: please make sure you scroll all the way down to the end of the page and complete all activities.

Stages of Change

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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

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Optional Additional Reading:

The following reading highlights the use of MI in primary care and summarizes the available evidence for MI in the same environments. Furthermore, I have included a paper identifying the learning of MI. These are optional readings as they are not related directly to the skills that we will focus on. Nevertheless, it is often useful to understand evidence based approaches when dealing with medical based interventions.

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Individual Exercise

Instructions: You must complete the assignment and post your responses in the comments section below before the  live lesson starts to earn your certificate of completion. The instructor will review your comments and have a debrief discussion during the next live session.

  1. Download and complete the Motivational Analysis Assessment.
  2. Discussion question: What is your predominant motivation style? Picture yourself trying to change something in your life, how does your motivation style work for you? What are some challenges?
  3. Post your response to the discussion question along with your score to the Motivational Analysis Assessment in the comments section below.

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11 comments on “Elgin Health Links: Motivational Interviewing - Lesson 1

  1. I scored equally for Achievement and Affiliation. I can agree with this as I believe my motivations have began to change over time. Initially I would describe myself as more achievement oriented, moving toward affiliation. There are strengths and struggles under each category that I identify with, and others I do not as I move between each. For example, I do not struggle with time management like suggested in the affiliation category. I hope to be able to use the some strengths from each to best work toward my goals.

  2. My predominant motivational style was "Affiliator" (score 6/10) followed by "Achiever" (score 4/10). I am a good listener and team player which is a good foundation in developing rapport with others. However, this can also lead to a tendency to be a 'people pleaser' at times which can have a negative impact on being assertive and in dealing with conflict.

  3. I have to say I was a bit shocked with the outcome of this - it shows me as an affiliator (7). Although I could likely somewhat agree with this result - that I have similar strengths to those listed for this category, I would have chosen "achievement" for me.

    If I follow the affiliator outline, I am very cognizant that I make sacrifices to keep others happy, I am sensitive to other's feelings and I am way-way-way uncomfortable dealing with conflict, but I would also note that my strengths - empowering behaviours, understanding that it takes satisfied people to achieve success, my need to be a perfectionist, need for challenging tasks, and being involved in decisions might better align me with the achiever.

    I think reading through this information has really highlighted an area of growth that I need to work on - that I have noticed I need to work on - figuring out exactly who I am. I think far too often, I spend time trying to be a chameleon - adapting who I am and/or who I think I need to be in the moment, to serve the greater good - and maybe not being who I truly want to be.

  4. I am primarily an Achiever. Not surprised, I like to be organized, have a plan, innovate and problem solve. I need to be challenged to get the best out of me.
    When trying to change something, if I can set a clear goal, be able to measure my progress along the way and have an organized direction to the end, I am happy. For the most part my motivational style works for me. This being said, impatience and inflexibility can interfere if things don't go as planned.

  5. My predominant style of motivation is achievement. This did not surprise me as it has been quite evident throughout my lifetime in school, athletics, and work. This quiz certainly confirmed my strengths and challenges related to achievement.
    When trying to make changes in my life being an achiever can be helpful as I am able to take personal responsibility and stay organized. Some challenges that this style creates for me includes perfectionism and rigid thinking.

  6. I scored highest in affiliation, with 7, the other three were all achievement and 0 in power and influence. This rings true to me. I do value teams and everyone's contributions. I am very sensitive to feelings and want people to be able to see the progress they are making and feel good about themselves. I can be over-sensitive and an over-thinker. I dislike conflict but have learned to deal with it as part of my job. I have done a lot of work in my own life to improve boundaries and not sacrifice my own goals to make someone else happy. I am most definitely not a perfectionist, but I do struggle with delegating and not being able to accomplish things on my own (feel like I am letting myself down).

  7. My predominant motivational style was Achievement with a score of 7.

    I find this result to be very accurate. I have a desire for excellence and always want to complete a task to the best of my ability. I the feeling of accomplishment once I have completed a challenge, project or task.

    Challenges with this include the need to "overachieve", delegating a task to others as I would rather complete it myself and possibly seeking out feedback.

  8. My predominant motivation style was Achievement. I think this is very accurate for myself. I have always put a lot of effort into my goals and find that I am always working towards something. I want to do a good job and strive to be better.
    Challenges with this is that I do think I am often very hard on myself especially if I do not achieve my goals or if I am not progressing in my skills the way I had hoped.

  9. My predominate motivation style was split equally between the Achiever and the Affiliator. I feel that both of these styles reflect my strengths and struggles accurately. I am very well organized and a good problem solver, but I am also empathetic and a great listener. I sometimes feel these two styles clash with each other as I can spend more time being the Affiliator and the Achiever gets left behind which causes me stress with regards to being organized and on top of responsibilities, and when I am more in the Achiever role the fact that I cannot be the Affiliator and spend more time helping others weighs on me. Knowing this I need to be more aware of how to balance the two so they work together rather than against each other.

  10. My predominant motivation style was 'Affiliation' with a score of 8. This is a very accurate reflection of myself. This is very helpful working in an interdisciplinary setting as I find I am able to build strong working relationships with my peers. I also feel that this motivation style allows me to connect well with my patients. I can also strongly relate to the "over sensitive" and struggle of "dealing with conflict" as I tend to take all negative feedback to heart, no matter how small, and have struggled with setting boundaries with taking work home.

  11. Based on this quiz, my predominant motivation style was 'Achiever'. This motivation style works for me because I want to perform well, do my best and achieve whatever goals I set forth for myself. Challenges with that are negative feelings with not achieving goals, and possibly not reaching out for support or delegating tasks.

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