February's Issue 36 introduced the concept of 'change language' and the first steps in working with this important aspect of dialogue with clients. Readers were encouraged to start by simply identifying Change Talk in their clients speech and to simply reflect it and ask for elaboration. In this issue we will be exploring more about getting Change Talk alive and kicking in session. This vital aspect of client perspective is at the core of the third process of Motivational Interviewing: Evoking. In this issue we will be introducing another key skill to invite more Change Talk from our clients. It is so obvious it seems too simple........just ASK FOR IT!
If you are feeling stuck with a client who is clinging to the status quo in their dialogue with you – it may prove fruitful to have a look at what you are asking for.