It has been suggested that bilingual speakers produce more emotion when discussing matters in their first language. Language is said to be an important part of controlling emotion which is often a barrier for bilingual clients who receive therapy in their second language. According to ‘My Language, My Health’, there is a lack of services for bilingual patients due to the lack of training and encouragement to use the Welsh language in professional situations.
Motivational Interviewing is a person-centred approach to counselling which encourages clients to make changes. The principles of motivational interviewing involve listening and reflection in order to understand an individual’s difficult situation, and encouraging them to listen to themselves. The therapeutic relationship and emotion are two important factors in this process.
The aim of this research is to design a motivational interviewing training programme for professionals working within the health sector.
Start Date: January 2019