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.
- 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.
- 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).
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