Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak.
James 1:19 (ESV)
Have you ever heard the rhetorical question â€œWhy do you think God gave us two ears but only one mouth?â€
Scripture shows us that our natural inclination is to start talking. Further sections of James shows us how hard it is to control the tongue. Maybe weâ€re uncomfortable with the subject or perhaps we want our own story to be told, but usually itâ€s a selfish reason that prompts us to talk much before listening much. Listening to another requires self-control, but it is showing love for another. Situations will be different, but all need to begin with a lot of listening. Perhaps the greater need is to feel significance and empathy or to realize that perhaps the one in need processes his or her own problems by talking through them. Sometimes, the client knows what he or she needs and just needs guidance to get there.
Motivational interviewing is regarded as an evidence-based, empirically-validated treatment strategy. In this weekâ€s course materials, weâ€ll review and discuss some of the main components of motivational interviewing, including how it integrates with Scripture.
Prepare to discuss the devotional provided above with your colleagues.Objective 1: Identify how the components of autonomy, collaboration, and evocation are particularly important when working with adolescents and young adults.
During adolescence, there are significant developmental factors in play. Motivational Interviewing proposes that therapy aimed at this age group should contain three specific themes: Autonomy, Collaboration, and Evocation (ACE).
Christian providers are often drawn to motivational interviewing strategies because they see parallels between these concepts and the strategies employed by Jesus Himself.
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