Our world is rapidly changing, and people are feeling vulnerable, scarred and wondering about the future. What is the most good we can do in the little time that we have with clients, especially with the new social distancing? What happens between us and our clients will be something that will carry on for that person long after the conversation has ended.
What is the wisdom you want your clients to leave with? How do you spend the extra time to engage them and find their focus?
If a person feels heard, understood, honored, affirmed, and valued it will have lasting impressions. If we honor and respect people, they will be more willing to hear us. How do you handle the privilege of sharing a vulnerable space with someone who is in crisis? They may be at their worst and we are there to partner with them in that moment.
The spirit of Motivational Interviewing requires compassion, partnership, acceptance, and evoking a client’s own wisdom about what would be most helpful to them. Are you truly exhibiting partnership while holding hope for your clients? You never know how one compassionate reflection or affirmation can change the course of their lives for future health and happiness.