Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is about helping people explore their motivations to move away from patterns that are causing problems toward more satisfying lives.  It is used to elicit motivation to change any behaviour including alcohol and drug problems, eating disorders, and smoking. It can be an intervention in itself, or may be used as a prelude to further treatment.

Motivational Interviewing was developed as a client-centred, goal-oriented, therapeutic approach that focusses on evoking the client’s own interests in change.  Practitioners avoid directing clients toward specific solutions but rather steer conversations toward the client’s commitment to specific actions that lead toward the client’s change goals.  The approach honour’s clients’ ambivalence about making changes and strategically focuses on those elements that provide momentum for positive change.

Dr Virginia Farnsworth-Grodd is a MINT member of MI trainers and is available for individual work as well as MI courses for work, and health environments.

A meta-analysis of motivational interviewing: twenty-five years of empirical studies. Review, 2010