MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING (MI)
Motivational interviewing (MI) is an approach to therapy that is commonly used in healthcare settings. MI is really a way of being with patients to increase their motivation to make behavior changes. A key premise of MI is that all patients struggle with ambivalence to make a behavior change. Therapists' primary goal is to help patients resolve this ambivalence, which they do by using several techniques, including reflective listening, open ended questions, affirmations, and summaries. Specifically, therapists help patients develop discrepancy between patients' goals and values and their current behavior, weigh the pros and cons of changing, and improve their confidence in their ability to change.
- Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) website
- Motivational Interviewing: An informational Resource, Published by SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices
- Rollnick, S., Miller, W. R., & Butler, C. (2008). Motivational interviewing in health care: helping patients change behavior. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
- Miller W.R., Rollnick S. (2002). Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change. New York: Guilford Press.
- Rollnick, S., Mason, P., & Butler, C. (1999). Health Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners. New York: Churchill Livingstone.