How to Stop Talking and Start Communicating with Motivational Interviewing: A Behavior Therapist Guide on How to Effectively Collaborate with Caregivers (Recorded)


We walk the walk, but do we talk the talk? As clinicians, do we speak with parents or to them? Is it effective in motivating them to adhere to interventions or do you find that sometimes they inhale and exhale at the sight/sound of parent training sessions?

Research shows that parents who receive parent training obtain better outcomes out of their children’s treatment, decrease their overall expenditures in therapy and become empowered to maintain these behavior changes over time. However, while parents are bringing their children to treatment (which is indicative of their desire to find help, unless, of course, they are mandated by the court), it is still a challenge to help parents follow through with interventions at home. Without addressing the etiology of parents’ non-adherence or lack of consistency in treatment, it is impossible to help them move past these barriers. It has been found that parent and clinician’s communication with one another supports whether parents will adhere to treatment. Surprisingly as clinicians in this field, we are not trained on how to effectively communicate with clients. Sure, we learn the theory; we practice and practice some more, and we even read and write about it. But is that enough?