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- How do I apply motivational interviewing in a group setting with teens?
- How do I deal with difficult teens in my group?
- Is gender imbalance in a group a problem?
- How do I engage quieter teens?
- What's the ideal group size?
- How can I best use norms feedback with the teens in my group?
- Why does group MI work so well with teens?
- Do these programs engage parents as well?
- Is there any one thing about facilitating a group that's most important to remember?
- How does group MI differ from individual MI?
Several important considerations differentiate group from individual MI. Group MI balances the more complicated interpersonal dynamics of the group process (e.g., monitoring between-client conversations, group cohesion, and peer influence) alongside the individual experiences and needs of the participants, which may require simultaneous yet differing responses from the facilitator. For example, the facilitator may need to respond to a teen who is not ready to change and, at the same time, actively maintain the commitment-to-change language of another participant.
- How should I structure my groups?
- Be clear about the goals and rules of the session and maintain this focus throughout the group.
- Keep groups small (fewer than 9-10 members) and sessions brief (no longer than 1 hour).
- Generate discussion among participants and use their examples throughout the session.
- Initiate and maintain a positive and judgment-free atmosphere (e.g., state that everyone is different and that the strategies discussed in group may work for some, whereas other strategies may work for others).