Introduction to Interactive Journaling® Facilitation provides a comprehensive foundation for implementing the evidence-based practice of Interactive Journaling® with fidelity. This eTraining module can help you confidently deliver Interactive Journaling® curricula with groups and individuals. This module includes opportunities to apply what you learn and develop facilitation strategies for working with participants.
First impressions are powerful. Engaging is the process by which both the provider and the participant establish a helpful connection and a working alliance. This module covers four of the key communication skills used throughout MI (open questions, affirming, reflecting and summarizing).
The process of engaging leads to a focus on a particular agenda: What the participant came to talk about. Focusing is the process by which you develop and maintain a specific direction in the conversation about change. This module covers the communication skill of providing information and advice with permission.
Personal change requires the individual’s active participation in the change process. Evoking is the process of eliciting the person’s own motivations for change by having the participant voice the arguments for change. This module covers the process of harnessing the participant’s own ideas and feelings about why and how they might make a change.
When a participant’s motivation reaches a threshold of readiness, they begin thinking and talking more about when and how to change and less about whether and why. This module provides cues to watch for and a way of testing the water to see whether it’s time to proceed to the next step that the participant finds acceptable. This module provides a guide on how to have a conversation about a concrete plan of action.