Activity: Avoiding the Roadblocks to Change

The purpose of this activity is to note some common traps and roadblocks to Change Talk in Motivational Interviewing.


Activity instructions

Connect the statement with the right Motivational Interviewing term.

So, you’re pregnant? Mmhm.
And you drink? Yeah.
How much? Not much.

Look. If you don’t layoff the booze, you’re going to give your baby brain damage!

See, I know that’s not true because your probation officer called me not 20 minutes before you got here ...

So, you just found out you’re pregnant and you know you have to quit drinking ...
No, I said I don’t know how to tell my mom I’m pregnant.

How are you going to feel when, one day, your baby says, “You did this to me, you gave me FAS?” Because you know it will be your fault.

So, here’s what you’re going to do. You’re going to get in a cab and go over to the hospital.

You’re going to tell the intake worker that you’re a pregnant, divorced alcoholic ...

I don’t mean to scare you but the consequences of your drinking are going to be huge. May I remind you that ...

Well, in my experience, it’s best to just break up with a man who doesn’t support healthy pregnancy. I suggest you go home to that alcoholic husband of yours and tell him ...

Can’t you just stay away from the parties? Do you like to bowl? You could always go bowling, right? Don’t you have some nice friends who do things other than drink?

You’ve obviously ended up just like that gang you run with. Those kids were nothing but trouble and now look at the trouble you’re in! You’re just like them now, aren’t you? How are you any different?

Oh my goodness. I hadn’t realized how much you’ve survived. Let’s talk about this another time. I feel awful for how this has made you cry today. I’m really sorry for expecting this of you.



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Closed Questioning

Modified: 2015-09-09
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