Examining motivational interviewing from a client agency perspective

TitleExamining motivational interviewing from a client agency perspective
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsFaris, AS, Cavell, TA, Fishburne, JW, Britton, PC
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0021-97621097-4679
Accession Number2009-13340-005. First Author & Affiliation: Faris, Alexander S.
Keywordsmotivational interviewing

Although empirical investigations strongly support the use of motivational interviewing (MI), there is no theory to clearly explain how or why MI works. The authors propose that MI is efficacious because it mobilizes clients' inherent resources for motivation, learning, creativity, problem solving, and goal-driven activity. Examining MI from a client agency perspective reveals new ways of conceptualizing several critical issues, including MI's fundamental "spirit," the function of resolving ambivalence, the importance of change talk, MI's ability to combine well with other approaches, and the success of brief MI interventions. Implications for the science and practice of MI are discussed from the standpoint that clients are primarily responsible for driving therapeutic gains. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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