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Motivational Dialogue

Behaviour Change in Children and Young People

Ted Daszkiewicz is a co-founder of Motivational Dialogue.


Motivational Dialogue

Motivational Dialogue is a structured approach to help support individuals around the process of behaviour change. It was designed as a brief, non-confrontational, way of trying to help individuals recognise and do something about their present or potential behaviour concerns. Although Motivational Dialogue is quite different to many other approaches to change, it draws on skills and techniques from a number of other recognised strategies.

Why is it when working with a learner the approach you use can be effective, yet used on a different occasion or with a different learner it is not? Why does the whole process of attempting behaviour change in a child/young person seem ‘hit and miss’ at times? Why is it that a learner seems to be doing well and all of a sudden reverts back to unwanted behaviour? How can you motivate a learner to want to change? Within its framework, Motivational Dialogue gives an insight to these and other related problems. Most important of all, it provides the practical skills and techniques to achieve change.

(Introductory to 5 day courses available)

Solution focussed working / Brief Therapy for behaviour change

A practical course covering the skills and techniques around being able to utilise a solution focussed approach to working with children & young people around behaviour change.

Focuses on identifying competency and strengths in children & young people rather than assumed deficits and pathology.

Work developed around ‘you can’t change the past but you can change the future’ ideology utilises:

Change talk - identify and affirm strengths and qualities of the family; seek exceptions to the problems; reframing problems; deconstructing problems

Solution talk - Use of miracle question; scaling; visualisation

Strategy talk - Setting goals; utilising the yp/family skills; incremental small steps to the end goal; prioritising goals; reinforce and compliment what went well; specific task for the next session 

Motivational Interviewing for:

health, education, community & voluntary sector sector, & social care.

Various 1-3 day training courses covering the skills and techniques of motivational interviewing. Available at introductory to advanced practice level.

An example of a recent introductory course:

Motivational Interviewing- Approaches to Engagement and Behaviour change

 What this learning intervention offers participants

·          Participants will learn that Motivational Interviewing is a process led approach that can help individuals through behaviour change. It is a subtle balance of directive and client-centred conversation shaped by an understanding of what triggers change.

 ·          Participants will gain a range of knowledge, skills and practical techniques that can be used with individuals in aiding behaviour change.

 Learning Outcomes

 ·          Understand the key principles of motivational Interviewing and how it can be successfully used in working with behaviour change.

·          Understand how to move individuals through the various stages of the Wheel of Change

·          Be able to apply a range of skills and practical techniques involved in Motivational Interviewing.

·          Be able to understand the importance of individual motivation as a pre requisite to behaviour change.

·          Be able to utilise skills and techniques in order to work in a solution focussed manner with clients.

·          Be able to identify learned helplessness in individuals and how to modify practice.

 Knowledge covered:

·          What is Motivational Interviewing

·          Understanding ambivalence – (maybe I want to change / maybe I don’t)

·          Understanding the role of motivation in behaviour change

·          Eliciting change talk and self motivational statements

·          Dealing with 'resistance' in clients

·          Understanding Learned helplessness

·          Introduction to Motivational dialogue and solution focussed working

 Skills covered:

·          Moving individuals from stage to stage in the wheel of change

·          How to elicit change talk from individuals

·          Dealing with ambivalence and strengthening belief in change

·          Strategies for dealing with resistance

·          Identify and affirm strengths and qualities of individuals

·          Seeking exceptions to a problem

·          Deconstructing problems

·          Positive reframing