What is motivational interviewing?

TitleWhat is motivational interviewing?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1995
AuthorsRollnick, S, Miller, WR
JournalBehavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place PublishedUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1352-46581469-1833
Accession Number1998-04654-001
KeywordsClient Centered Therapy, definition & characterization of client centered counseling style of motivational interviewing, interviewing, Motivation, motivational interviewing, Psychotherapeutic Techniques

Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered counselling style for eliciting behaviour change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. It is most centrally defined not by technique but by its spirit as a facilitative style for interpersonal relationship. This article seeks to define motivational interviewing and to characterize its essential nature, differentiating it from other approaches with which it may be confused. A brief update is also provided regarding (1) evidence for its efficacy and (2) new problem areas and populations to which it is being applied. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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