I have noticed a big difference in that I used to try telling people what they could do to change but now I try to ask if they would like my advice or not. Usually they say yes and seem to be more interested when they have given permission. I have noticed some of them following through on the advice I gave them with their own permission! Wohooo!
I am proud that I am actually practicing MI. When I am not, I catch myself and try to back pedal and regroup.
I'm most proud of the little changes that I've made throughout the MI training experience. After a few of these lessons, I've realized that each day incorporated just a small change and it was nice to see the improvements throughout the conversation as the MI training progressed. Even though I still need a lot more practice, I am definitely more aware of the questions I ask and the way I'm phrasing them in order to illicit more change talk.
The material is presented in a way that is easy to follow and concise. The best part is the we were left with some homework to practice the skills. So many times after trainings, seminars, meetings, etc. the material gets shelved. These simple practice assignments move the material into everyday settings.
I think that if people ask me for advice, I immediately start giving them suggestions because that is what I've learned to do. After the training I have tried to take a step back and have allowed people to tell me their story before jumping in and giving them advice.
Having the opportunity for focused follow-up after the face-to-face Motivational Interviewing training was invaluable in reinforcing the lessons learning and further helped me apply the techniques in everyday settings.