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April 2017

  • Issue 38: What Do You Say When a Client Just Wants To Be 'Told What To Do'?

    Written by Tara MacGregor on 30-Apr-2017

    What a challenge this common conundrum is - when a client insists that you 'just tell me what to do!'.

    Given the evidence is clear about the unhelpfulness of advising ambivalent clients, how do we skilfully reply? 

    In this issue we will be spending some time exploring how Motivational Interviewing may encourage us to respond to this request in a manner most likely to open a more fruitful discussion for our client's benefit.

    First of all, let's colour in set some context to this question.

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