Week 4: Motivational Interviewing

We’re past the halfway point of the course—woohoo! This lesson also raises the bar on complexity and sophistication, just like Lesson 3, by taking a heavily-used therapy tool and abstracting its principles into a broader toolkit.

Why we’re covering this

  • It's easy to fall into the trap of trying to create motivation in other people. Especially when we spend so much time on how people are motivated.
  • But when we communicate with people, we don't want to push motivation on them. It won't work and both sides will be frustrated. Instead, we want to prompt people to find and develop their own motivation.
  • The way we usually talk to others, in real life and in digital environments, doesn't inspire people to open up, share, and discover why they want to act.

Our spin on it

  • Motivation is something people do and create for themselves. MI gives you steps to follow for consistently prompting users to find and amplify their own motivation.
  • Learn the toolkit that helps therapists, hostage negotiators, and some of the top behavior changing mobile apps drive difficult behaviors.
  • Use the principles of MI right away with prompts and examples for person-to-person use cases, digital interactions, and more.

Next time you feel yourself trying to convince another person to act, you'll find a way to ask them a question that causes them to convince themselves.

🎉 Let's do this!

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