Motivational Interviewing - Lesson 1A

Please watch the following recorded lectures, and complete the 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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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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16 comments on “Motivational Interviewing - Lesson 1A

  1. Hello,
    my scores are:
    Achievement: 4
    Affiliation: 3
    Power/Influence: 3

    My predominant motivational style is Achievement. I can definitely see how that style has led me to where I am at in my life by setting goal and craving that sense of accomplishment. I do like challenges and tend to go into problem solving mode quite quickly. "How can I do things better" tends to describe me a lot, as I am often looking for ways to accomplish goals in a very efficient way. However, the rigidity can sneak in and I do like to have things done my way!

  2. Score
    Affiliation - 5
    Power/ Influence - 3
    Achievement - 2

    My top score of affiliation describes me well and confirms scores on other inventories (EQi top score = interpersonal skills), MBTI = preference for extraversion. When I try to change something in my life, I value loved ones' or colleagues' perceptions and feelings concerning changes that I try to implement. I like to work in groups or teams when trying to develop a new habit (ex. exercice classes instead of working out by myself).

    What are some challenges with this top score ? Putting too much emphasis on what others think of my goals, as mentioned in the questionnaire, I may sacrifice my goals and outcomes to keep
    other people happy.

  3. Motivational Analysis Assessment Results:
    Affiliation: 5
    Achiever: 4
    Power/ Influence: 1

    I am at once accepting and surprised at the results outcome here. In many ways I am, indeed highly motivated by Affiliation and it is a primary function of the work I do within a large and complex team. If we don't have a strong sense of affiliation, as a team we cannot reach our collective goals. I do also have a high sense of achievement and in fact recalculated my score because I was surprised this was not the dominants result.

    Affiliation as the dominant trait is fitting when I reflect on past and current goals set. I have a strong tendency to align with like minded others in the pursuit of SHARED goals. This can, at times be challenging if I rely to heavily on others, or if the balance is tipped and they rely to heavily on me. Also, the absence of a partner or trusted other can, at times impede my ability to achieve goals.

  4. Hi,

    My style scores are as follows:
    Achiever: 5
    Affiliator: 3
    Power / Influencer: 2

    My predominant motivation style is Achiever. Professionally, I am currently beginning a new job as a case manager and I hope I can learn skills that will help service my clients. I really care and want the clients to be able to discover along with me rather than just providing solutions to them. I do share in any credits with my colleagues, so they also get recognized as I feel it is a team effort when we are working together.

    Personally, I am always organizing lists of any sorts at home and being somewhat strict on tasks and deadlines which can come off as bossy perhaps. I also am goal-oriented, and usually do like to ensure the goals are completed despite challenges that may occur. I have been on a continuous goal-challenges in the past few years an I try to improve on areas that I can, but I probably could find a balance on more lifestyle focus as well.

    Thanks for reading my discussion and looking forward to our class tomorrow.

    Best, Nina

  5. Achievement - 5
    Affiliation - 4
    Power/influence - 1

    My predominant motivation style is achievement, followed closely by affiliation. When I set out to make a change in my life, I think my motivation style of “achievement” serves as an intrinsic driver of change – I derive a lot of satisfaction and reward from being able to follow through on set goals and that often keeps me going, without a need for feedback and support from others. At the same time, my striving for a sense of accomplishment coupled with my tendency to work on goals independently without actively seeking support from others, likely contributes to me periodically feeling burned out (e.g., at work) and “relapsing” to precontemplation and contemplation stages with personal goals when I am not able to 100% reach my goals.

  6. Achievement: 6
    Power / Influence: 1
    Affiliation: 3

    My predominant motivation style is achievement. This is beneficial when trying to make change in my life as I like to set goals for myself and I am open to constructive feedback from others. I like to problem solve and think through hurtles in front of me, I do not get discouraged easily. I want to see my goals through and be proud of my accomplishments – this will help motivate me to be successful.

    I may face challenges as I can be a perfectionist. I also expect others to work at the same level as myself and want to achieve the same outcomes. I must ensure I work on keeping an open mind when working with a group.
    It says that I may repress change or new ideas, and I disagree with this as being part of who I am. I believe during the pandemic I see this more as I have worked from home and crave my former day where anything could pop up and I needed to be flexible to changing my schedule or goals set out for the day. Perhaps, I may like new ideas coming from myself as it indicates I like to be praised and I do agree with this.

  7. Affiliation - 5
    Achievement – 4
    Power/Influence – 1

    According to this exercise my predominant motivation style is affiliator.. Strengths for an affiliator include that they are good listeners, are sensitive, can judge climate, and are team players. I think this is an accurate reflection of my strengths. As I am currently enrolled in an MSW programme at university, these qualities are invaluable to my learning goals and to working well with fellow students and future clients. Caring leading behaviours which include articulation of goals in understandable terms, sensitivity to others’ feelings and a recognition of client needs are also imperative to success in my chosen profession. This is confirmed through this exercise and the identification that best roles for this motivation style include direct client service, support activities and leading teams or support groups. Challenges might be experienced because of over-sensitivity, dealing with conflict, and being non-assertive. Despite these challenges I feel that the strengths attributed to this motivation style would compensate for some of these challenges.

  8. My predominant style is power/influencer but closely followed by achiever. I do see myself fitting into a mix of these 2 styles. I often find myself in leadership positions where I am able to influence people and impact change. I have always been articulate and eloquent with my words. I utilize this style as I tend to lean towards a systems thinking model and can see the bigger picture when I am dealing with a problem.
    If I am trying to change something in my life, I am methodical about how I tackle the change. I consider all aspects of the change and determine the best plan of attack that has the most impact. I am able to influence others to change as I create confidence within and instill a strong sense of worth.
    I am challenged when things don't seem to be working at the pace that I believe they should be. I sometimes lack the patience necessary to accomplish common goals when the pace isn't what I anticipated. I have been told I have intimidated others on occasion and I am working on overcoming this barrier in the approach I take to tackling new tasks. I value feedback and constructive criticism. Relationship building is something I value and I feel bad when I haven't been able to accomplish this.

  9. Scores:
    Achievement - 5
    Power/Influence - 0
    Affiliation - 5

    I am not surprised by my scores on this exercise. The two predominant motivational styles, achievement and affiliation, definitely describe me well.

    I am driven equally by feeling accomplished and by feeling well liked/well thought of. At the same time, I do not like to stand out or to lead.

    When I am making changes or setting goals, I am organized and take the time to break down my goals into step by step processes. I also focus on the impact I will have on others and how I will feel throughout the process. This can be challenging in that, while a step by step process is often helpful, this creates a structure that I am hesitant to deviate from. I can become 'stuck' trying to complete a step a certain way and am unwilling to be more flexible.

  10. My results were:
    Achievement: 6
    Power/Influence: 4
    Affiliation: 0

    My motivation style is the Achiever. I definitely like to set goals as a guiding principle in life and in my profession and personal life (I have lots of lists!). I don't feel as fulfilled as when I accomplish goals.

    When I am trying to make changes in life I will make a list of that which I want to change and break it down into more achievable goals. I usually try to achieve the more doable ones first and that motivates me to go on to the larger ones. It's a tangible thing to orient me and is measurable in their achievement. The goals are concrete instances of what a vision of a future/better life would be. Envisioning those keeps me motivated and on track.

    The challenges happen when the goals are not achieved. It can be really disillusioning and de-motivating and makes it difficult to re-muster energies and effort. It is hard to come to peace with "unachieved goals" as though they are a mark of shame and defeat. So I don't handle that well.

    I also feel like the goals can give me tunnel vision. I will aim and direct my energies toward that goal at almost any cost and ignoring collateral effects if it attains that goal (ie. I could spend too much money to achieve something and blow my budget).

  11. Score:
    Achievement - 6
    Power/Influence - 0
    Affiliation- 4

    Motivational style: Achiever

    I would agree with the assessment of my motivational style being an achiever. I agree that I am well organized, a good planner, and take personal responsibility. I also agree with I like things going my own way or they way I had planned them out.
    I can relate to the fact that I expect those around me or in group settings to be as self driven as I am.

  12. Score:
    - Achievement: 2
    - Power/influence: 4
    - Affiliation: 4

    Motivation style: Power/Influence & Affiliation

    I am not at all surprised being part of these two styles. I find I always struggle to modulate between meeting patient needs but also thinking about the larger impact and how to advocate for systemic change. I can see how these two juxtapose as I can be quite indecisive because I do seek to optimize patient care and love working with a team but often feel frustrated with my lack of power in many situations that can instill lasting change. I find I struggle to not exercise control and influence in spaces where it is not in my purview but at the same time worry about "ruffling too many feathers" and am very self-conscious about how others are perceiving what I am saying, even if I am passionate about it. Navigating these two styles is quite challenging.

  13. Achievement - 6
    Power/Influence - 2
    Affiliation - 2

My predominant motivation style is The Achiever. When trying to change something in my life, I definitely try to reach that particular goal as quickly or efficiently as possible. I set goals, prepare a plan and track these results. Some challenges with this motivation style is that I set a high standard and I am impatient - so I may try to rush the process and in turn burn myself out. At times, I will lose interest if I do not see results in a timely manner. However, because I do not like when things are incomplete - I usually try to come back to that goal, or assess other ways to reach this goal. This is a benefit of being an achiever - I will fixate on the possibility of the end result, which in turn motivates me to work towards the goal. Another struggle is that I expect others to have achieving qualities as well and this causes disagreements/personality clashes.

  14. Motivational Profile: I am overwhelmingly an "Affiliator" and I identify with most of the characteristics listed.

    Having this motivational profile is not what I would classify as conducive to achieving goals and change! As the profile indicates, affiliators "lose their way on their route to goals" and this is no lie. I focus more on ideas and starting projects rather than seeing them through. Things get boring, and I lose interest and along with that, discipline. So my empathy soars for people who falter along the way and relapse in their stages of change.

    If I feel that changing will help others (particularly family/friends or the wider community) in a crucial way, I have no equal in my pursuit towards achieving goals. Affiliator motivation stems from self awareness of one's place in the world and the positive effects achieved from helping others. If a goal doesn't fit those parameters, it becomes less urgent and this can lead to a lack of motivation.

  15. Motivational Analysis Assessment Result: The Achiever: 6 The Power/Influencer: 3 The Affilator: 1

    My predominant motivation style is The Achiever. As an achiever, I crave a sense of accomplishment so I embrace change and I love new challenges. I am organized, a good planner and problem solver and innovative which is helpful with change. The Achiever can apparently repress innovation but I don't identify with that behaviour outlined in the summary. In fact, I thrive on change and I can be restless when things are status quo, looking for ways to evolve. I have run my own business for a number of years now and embracing change and leveraging it to grow is part of being an entrepreneur.

    I also see the Power/Influencer quality of wanting to inspire others to action. It is this quality that has inspired my business.

    A challenge I identify with is trouble delegating. I tend to take on too much because I don't like to give up personal involvement. Interestingly, this is exactly how The Achiever is described in the summary.

    I also get bogged down with perfectionism at times. I feel I should know everything or have an idea flushed out perfectly prior to moving forward. Piggy backing on this quality of making things perfect, because I like to excel, I tend to avoid high risk situations and play it safe more that I probably should. These qualities have limited my growth potential in the past.

  16. Score:
    Achievement - 5
    Affiliation - 3
    Power/ Influence - 2
    Motivation Style: Achiever
    I think the motivational style of achiever suits me best. I am an organized thinker. I prefer my goals/ my teams goal to be planned out accordingly to achieve success/ good results. A personal struggle for me would be to break away from the plan and trying out new ideas or methods to reach the same goal. I will be hesitant to try it, but eventually will come around.

    I also feel like my motivational style is influenced by that of an affiliator, building a good rapport and relationship with my team to follow through with group projects.

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