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What is Motivational Interviewing?

As a longstanding member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), Dr. Fader works closely with a talented team to provide a customized training experience for organizations of any size. Over the past 17 years, he has trained thousands of professionals in motivational interviewing in the US and abroad on its applications to diverse areas such as healthcare, mental health, corrections/law enforcement, organ donation, social services, sports and coaching. Dr.Fader trains in both English and Spanish.

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What is motivational interviewing?

Motivational interviewing (MI), in its simplest form, is a goal-oriented conversational style. MI views conversations about behavior change between two people as a collaboration focused on strengthening a person’s motivation and commitment and aiding in resolving ambivalence to change.  By using specific language and inquiry as well as compassion and understanding to elicit the client’s reasons for change, a motivational interviewer guides the client in discovering his or her own reasons to create a catalyst for decisions and actions.

Dr. Bill Miller, one of the originators of MI would say motivational interviewing is “love with a goal”. When a motivational interviewer creates an environment of empathy and respect that focuses on self-efficacy, clients can see what discrepancies lie between their current behavior and their goals. These realizations create opportunities to resolve those discrepancies and create habits consistent with what they want to achieve in their lives.

What isn’t motivational interviewing?

Motivational interviewing is not a tool to manipulate others to further the practitioner’s own goals. At its core, motivational interviewing is non-judgmental and non-confrontational. For instance, someone may have conflicting feelings about their alcohol consumption or exercise habits. While motivational interviewing can help an individual discover the values they hold to motivate them to change, it does not impose values that the person does not hold themselves.

Where did this technique originate?

Motivational interviewing was developed first by Drs. William Miller and Steve Rollnick to help people suffering from addictions and harmful behaviors that they were hesitant to change. Instead of giving advice to clients who had little desire or preparation to alter their habits, Miller and Rollick found it to be more productive to explore their clients’ feelings, desires and perceptions. From understanding and evoking a client’s own intrinsic reasons for change, a motivational interviewer is able to provide information when the individual is finally open to it, and create an environment where the client is in control of his or her own change.

How do I get involved?

If you  want to get a grasp on the topic before attending a training, we recommend that you check out Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change by William Miller and Stephen Rollnick, the fathers of this technique. This book covers the basics in an in-depth fashion so that your journey to becoming a motivational interviewer will be based on a solid foundation of knowledge.

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