As a practicing clinical psychologist, Michael Fulop was attracted to MI because of his work with people struggling to manage or make changes in how they manage chronic illnesses such as Type 1 diabetes, ADHD, learning disorders, obesity, and the issues often accompanying these problems. Dr. Fulop was drawn to MI due to his own personal experiences with medical providers. Because I live with T1 diabetes every day I’m often ‘a patient, too.’ I’ve seen a bevy of health care providers. One thing I’ve noticed is that I do much better with doctors, nurses, and even medical assistants who treat me with respect and don’t treat me as a “case.””
“I’ve found the best way to engage with my clients is to listen with a deep respect for their plight, their skills, what they are doing well; to get out of the way of their already earnest change efforts. I try to put aside my own needs to appear smart, to warn, cajole, instruct, teach, or confront.”
He thinks the most important efficient manner of learning MI is through focused practice and feedback. He feels there is no magic path or “best way” to train people in MI & motivation enhancement.
Dr. Fulop’s training principles:
- Start where you are
- Stay Open