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Coun - 405, Week 12 Notes

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Coun - 405, Week 12 Notes Coun 405

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These notes cover material from Week 12 of Dr. Etzbach's Introduction of Counseling course. This week's material covers Motivational Interviewing.
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Joe Strano on Thursday September 29, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Coun 405 at University of Wisconsin - Stout taught by Dr. Colleen Etzbach in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 2 views. For similar materials see Intro to Counseling in Counseling at University of Wisconsin - Stout.


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Date Created: 09/29/16
Motivational Interviewing Tuesday, April 12, 2016 10:50 PM - Motivational Interviewing ○ Helping clients identify problems or challenges to work on  Blaming others; resistance; identifying discrepancies - Asking Permission ○ Communicates respect for clients ○ Clients are more likely to discuss changing when asked, than when being lectured or being  told to change - Eliciting/Evoking Change Talk ○ Change talk tends to be associated with successful outcomes ○ Change talk can be used to address discrepancies between clients' words and actions ○ Having difficulty changing  Focus is on being supportive as the client wants to change but is struggling ○ Provoking Extremes  For use when there is little expressed desire for change  Have the client describe a possible extreme consequence ○ Looking Forward  These questions are also examples of how to deploy discrepancies, but by comparing  the current situation with what it would like to not have the problem in the future - Open‐Ended Questions ○ Encourage clients to do most of the talking ○ Therapist listens and responds with a reflection or summary statement ○ Goal is to promote further dialogue that can be reflected back to the client by the therapist ○ Allow clients to tell their stories - Reflective Listening ○ Primary way of responding to clients and of building empathy ○ Listening carefully to clients and then making a reasonable guess about what they are saying ○ Then paraphrase the clients' comments back to them - Readiness to Change ruler ○ Assessing readiness to change is a critical aspect of motivational interviewing  ○ Motivation, which is considered a state not a trait, is not static and thus can change rapidly  from day to day - Affirmations ○ Affirmations are statements made by therapists in response to what clients have said, and  are used to recognize clients' strengths, successes, and efforts to change ○ Verify and acknowledge clients' behavior changes and attempts to change - Summaries ○ Summaries are used judiciously to relate or link what clients have already expressed ○ Especially in terms of reflecting ambivalen and to move them on to another topic or have  them expand the current discussion further ○ Summaries require that therapists listen carefully to what clients have said throughout the  session ○ Summaries are also a good way to either end a session, or to transition a talkative client to  the next topic - Therapeutic Paradox ○ Paradoxical statements are used with clients in an effort to get them to argue for the  importance of changing ○ Such statements are useful for clients who have been coming to treatment for some time  but have made little progress ○ Paradoxical statements are intended to be perceived by clients asnexpected  contradictions ○ It is hoped that after clients hear such statements that they will seek to correct by arguing  for change


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