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MI is an important and helpful skill; This book helps support learning these skills
Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2018
I'd hate to even call it a skill or tool. Once I became more comfortable with MI, I felt like I had a new attitude about how to communicate with patients. BUT reading a book OR taking a one day course alone will not be enough to learn it. Not because MI is complicated. Because I don't think it is, and I think for those in the helping professions, some of this will come naturally to you. Coaching is essential as well. Do all of the things related to MI that you can, and slowly over time it will be easier to do.
Right now, at least at several of the agencies I've worked with, it's become the latest fad to encourage staff to learn MI. But as admin only knows MI as the cool new thing to have their staff do, without understanding how it works, they sent everyone to an expensive 2 day course, with no follow up. That's like sending someone to a two day piano class then asking them to play Mozart (and then being suprised and dissapointed they can't play well).
So definitely use this book as a supplement, and ask for coaching or create a peer group to practice. Give yourself time and you will see why using MI is worth the effort. If anyone has any recommendations for subsequent books that provide ideas for training, practice or creating a study group, please share.