Introduction to Motivational Interviewing:
The Spirit and the Skills
Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based guiding style of communication that awakens an individual’s own motivation for change and taking action. It is an effective communication tool for helpers to support an individual in their growth and development. It is a way of talking about change with someone who is ambivalent about change, in a collaborative and supportive way.
While leaning on the MI spirit of partnership, acceptance, compassion and evocation, the helper skillfully uses open-ended questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries, in a way that reduces communication roadblocks, strengthens self-efficacy, raises awareness, and elicits an individual's own argument for change, including their own argument for taking action.
This collaborative and supportive style of communication prioritizes trust and rapport building, supporting over persuading, guiding over directing, and promoting the well-being of the other person rather than prioritizing our own self-interest when our role is to support them in taking steps toward their targeted change goal.
The application of motivational interviewing is broad and successfully used by professionals in various settings, including:
This ten-hour training includes video demonstrations, participant role plays, reflective practice, group discussions and small group activities. This training does not include coaching or the supervised practice of skills. This is for beginners who are seeking to understand and explore an alternative style of communicating when helping an individual to strengthen their personal motivation for and commitment to a specific change goal.