Motivational interviewing

TitleMotivational interviewing
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsCorbett, G
EditorMarini, I, Stebnicki, MA
Book TitleThe professional counselor's desk reference.
Place PublishedNew York, NY
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number978-0-8261-1547-8
Keywordsambivalence, Counseling, motivational interviewing, Psychotherapeutic Processes, Psychotherapeutic Techniques

(from the chapter) Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a clinical style that is "a person-centered goal-oriented approach for facilitating change through exploring and resolving ambivalence" (Miller, 2006a, p. 138). Ambivalence is central to the philosophy and practice of MI. It is discrepancy, between a counselee's behaviors and how he or she wants to be, that is elicited and reinforced in the direction of change. Motivational interviewing has good evidence for effectiveness, and training in the style can potentially improve outcomes in a range of treatment contexts. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (chapter)

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