Person Centred Social Change Using Motivational Interviewing

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The objectives of the role play exercise was to explore ourselves, and more so explore myself as a person and as a practitioner (Community development worker) as well as a therapeutic activist. It was to highlight identity work and the different masks that we put on when working with communities and the challenges that this poses to practitioners and clients. It also highlighted power relations and prejudice that are involved when working with people in the community.

The essay will talk about motivational interviewing and the role it plays in a person centred social change. It will then discuss reflective listening as one of the most important skills in motivational interviewing and then touch on empathy. The essay will then look at the use of effective dialogue in listening and helping people. It will then relate all these to the role play exercise the group undertook. The essay will then discuss the social construction of identity and the different masks we wear on a daily basis to play different roles in the society. It will then finish off with a reflection on the whole essay, group work and role plays.

The group exercise discussed all through this essay used motivational interviewing to role play a person centred social change. The group was focusing on a 25 year old female who is just recovering from a drug and alcohol addiction. The role play started at the pre-contemplation stage of change where clients are very likely to resist change and avoid the subject. At this stage, clients show little or no signs of taking responsibility and present a lot of defence mechanism (Healy 2011). Motivational interviewing is a very client centred and directive method used to enhance intrinsic motivation to change through exploring and resolving ambivalence. It is non-judgemental and value-laden. The style of motivational interviewing should manifest itself in the practitioner’s attitude in three possible...
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