Lesson 9. Discussion and Assignment

Lesson 9. Live Discussion Questions

These questions are intended to be used to lead a live session at your organization. Clients should come having read the material prepared to answer the questions below. You may also want to use some of the online discussion questions as well as the assignment discussion questions in your live discussion.  

Chapter 17. Creating a Motivational Atmosphere

  1. Why do some people not like to make changes in their life?
  2. Some people are risk takers and like to change up everything. What is behind their thinking?
  3. Almost everyone has experienced ambivalence. What is a good definition for ambivalence?
  4. Why and when is ambivalence a good thing to be experiencing?
  5. Life is full of stuck points, times when it is just very hard to be motivated to do what needs to be done. Give an example of a stuck point you yourself, or a client you have known, have dealt with. If the stuck point was overcome, how did that happen?
  6. What have you found is the best way to get motivated on the job?

Chapter 19. Engaging the Disengaged

  1. What does disengagement look like? How do you know that is possibly going on?
  2. The chapter gives three causes for disengagement. Come prepared to share ways you would address each cause with a client.
    1. Truth shortage
      1. Option blindness
      2. Believing lies
      3. Disconnected from the Power Source
    2. Belief damage
      1. Mindset
      2. Training
      3. Impaired sense of worth
    3. Shame buildup
      1. Inherited _
      2. Unforgiven, unforgotten past
      3. Misplaced blame
  3. Are there other causes for disengagement?

Lesson 9. Online Discussions

If you are using this material to facilitate live group discussions, then these questions can be used as a guide. 

If you would like to receive credit for this course, then submit a 400-word response for each discussion group of questions (i.e. Lesson 1. Discussion 1). You do not need to submit 400 words for each question, but for each group of questions. If responding to a live meeting discussion, then share written work as you would in a live meeting.

Lesson 9. Forum 1: Stuck Point Discussion

Describe a stuck point you have seen in yourself or others and suggest the best way to address that stuck point.

Lesson 9. Assignments

Lesson 9. Assignment 1. Effecting Change

After listening to the videos and other material this week, address the issues of confrontation, personal responsibility, and attention to extrinsic/intrinsic motivation regarding how to assist a person in making important changes in life habits in a one-page paper (one page).

Note: unless otherwise specified, all papers should be double-spaced with one inch margins. Citations and other formatting requirements should follow the guidelines listed for Papers / Projects for Nonprofit and Business Courses in Step 5 of the Introduction Lesson in this Course.

Lesson 9. Assignment 2. Motivational Interviewing

Engage a person in the 4-step change conversation* described in the Motivational Interviewing pdf and write a one-page paper of how this could be a workable skill.

*(four questions listed in text p. 87 #2-5 after determining the desired change in question #1)

(one page)

Note: unless otherwise specified, all papers should be double-spaced with one inch margins. Citations and other formatting requirements should follow the guidelines listed for Papers / Projects for Nonprofit and Business Courses in Step 5 of the Introduction Lesson in this Course. 

Lesson 9. Assignment 3. Journal Entry

In this course you are required to keep a journal. In your journal, you should cover the following things:

  1. Reflect on how the concepts from this week and the rest of this course have applied in your personal and professional life.
  2. What are the primary areas where you believe God wants you to grow this next week, and what specific steps will you take toward that growth?
  3. Reflect on your past week in general. Variations of your entry may include describing how you have been blessed in the past week with either opportunities to see God’s grace, suggestions from a supervisor or fellow staff person, things that happened that you wish you could have a redo, or insights you gained for future work.
  4. You are required to have biweekly meetings with a mentor. For weeks 2, 4, 6 and 8 of this course write down the meeting date, and what you learned from your mentoring session.

Although there is no word count requirement for this assignment, a minimum of 250 words is encouraged (one double-spaced page).

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