Motivational Interviewing (IA Working Group) on October 11th and 12th

          SFNFCI hosted Motivational Interviewing on October 11th and 12th. Training was facilitated by Rachel Andal and elder support was provided by Cecile Smith. Motivational Interviewing took place at our SFNFCI classroom. We had a total of 8 participants complete the course. They travelled from communities such as George Gordon, Waterhen Lake, Clearwater River, North Battleford and Muskoday.

          The two-day course is a communication approach that is client-centered and directional; aimed at changing something specific. The goal of Motivational Interviewing is to help clients explore and resolve their ambivalence to change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. When we asked our participants how the information they learned in Motivational Interviewing will benefit them and their organization, some answers we received were;

“It will prevent or lower the chances of lateral violence as it shows how important compassion and empathy can be.”

“I have realized I could do my job better if I had more information and more positive interaction with my relatives.”

“Be able to better communicate and understand my clients and situations better.”

“I learned new approached to dealing with and having conversations with clients.”

“We will be better prepared to help our relatives address their barriers in order to become self-sufficient and thrive.”

“The interviewing techniques are valuable with the field of work. This technique allows the client to feel that they are being listened to rather than preached to.”


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