MI. 1 A MI Definition Principles & Approach V4 012911

The mi value on having the client define the problem

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Unformatted text preview: om or autonomy being impinged upon. These experiences are often based in the client’s ambivalence about change. In MI, counselors avoid eliciting resistance by not confronting the client and when resistance occurs, they work to de ­escalate and avoid a negative interaction, instead "rolling with it." Actions and statements that demonstrate resistance remain unchallenged especially early in the counseling relationship. By rolling with resistance, it disrupts any “struggle” that may occur and the session does not resemble an argument or the client’s playing "devil's advocate" or “yes, but” to the counselor's suggestions. The MI value on having the client define the problem and develop their own solutions leaves little for the client to resist. A frequently used metaphor is “dancing” rather than “wrestling” with the client. I...
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