There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long,
"I feel that this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong."
No teacher, preacher, parents, friend
Or wise man can decide
What's right for you- just listen to
The voice that speaks inside
Listen to a radio interview with Hillary Bolter about Motivational Interviewing.
The practitioner's definition: "MI is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change."
The technical definition: "MI is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion."
What is Motivational Interviewing?
Behavior change can be a difficult thing. Most of us have behaviors we know we should change: never text while driving, eat less fatty foods and sugars, exercise more, floss twice daily. What keeps us from flipping the switch to make those changes? How do we move from contemplating change to actually making change? How do we help those we work with make some of the bigger changes they are considering, such as getting treatment, changing ingrained behaviors, complying with those physical therapy exercises or doctor recommendations?
MI was created in the 1970's by Bill Miller and Stephen Rollnick out of the need for a new non-confrontational approach in working with individuals struggling with substance abuse. In recent decades, MI has become an effective communication tool in many different settings from healthcare to criminal justice and education. There are over 200 clinical trials that demonstrate the effectiveness of this evidence-based practice.
Individuals are coming to you to help them change a behavior. How do you engage with clients in a way that will be more likely to support behavior change? How do you work with clients to first elicit their own motivations and strengths before imparting information? How do you work with resistance when it arises to avoid strengthening client stonewalling? How do you create an effective change plan with the client? Motivational Interviewing meets these goals.