Motivational interviews as goal assessment for persons with psychiatric disability

TitleMotivational interviews as goal assessment for persons with psychiatric disability
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsCorrigan, PW, McCracken, SG, Holmes, PE
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Place PublishedGermany
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0010-38531573-2789
Accession Number2001-17735-002. First Author & Affiliation: Corrigan, Patrick W.
Keywordsgoal assessment, Goals, Measurement, Mental Disorders, Motivation, motivational interviewing, Motivational interviews, Psychotherapeutic Techniques, severe mental illness

A necessary first step in the psychosocial treatment of persons with severe mental illness is helping them identify their goals. Unfortunately, goal assessment is often viewed as a categorical process in which individuals list needs for which they require services. Motivational interviews provide a more sophisticated approach in which persons specify the costs and benefits to each of the needs in the list. Benefits define the reasons why a person should pursue a goal; costs define barriers to achieving that goal. The basic mechanisms for understanding and implementing motivational interviews are summarized. Ways to circumvent barriers to motivational interviews are also discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved)

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