Motivational Interviewing techniques RTs can use to Encourage Independent, Community-Based Recreation Participation in People with Psychiatric Disabilities
Motivational Interviewing techniques RTs can use to Encourage Independent, Community-Based Recreation Participation in People with Psychiatric Disabilities
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Motivational interviewing is a therapeutic communication technique used to help consumers internalize their motivation to change. This technique was originally developed to help individuals with substance use disorders. Recent evidence suggests this tool can be used with diverse populations to increase motivation towards behavioral change. A foundational tenant of motivational interviewing is that all clients are the experts on themselves and have the ability within themselves to change. Therefore, the role of recreational therapists is to elicit internal motivation for change, help identify personal and sustainable resources and strategies that promote lasting change. This session provided an overview of the purpose and benefits of motivational interviewing, as well as specific strategies recreational therapists can use to help individuals with psychiatric disabilities identify personally meaningful recreation goals and work towards lifelong engagement within the community.

 

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