Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a "collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change" (Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, 3rd Edition). This evidence-based approach is valuable for practitioners in health and human services who want to work more effectively in helping clients make positive changes related to their health, behavioral health, housing status, and overall wellbeing.
MI is person-centered and goal-oriented. It can support people in resolving ambivalent feelings, increasing motivation to change, and enhancing commitment to change. The individual determines the focus or change goal while the practitioner serves as a guide. MI assumes that people already possess what they need to be motivated to change. It helps explore resources people possess that can be used to help them make decisions about next steps on their life's journey.
A wealth of studies indicate that MI has a statistically significant positive effect on behavior change, with some showing that those changes are more durable over time. Experience and research have shown that training in MI is essential, but not sufficient to create lasting change in clinical approaches of practitioners. In addition to training, learning MI requires ongoing practice with accurate feedback and coaching.
Our MI trainers have worked with a range of health and human service providers—at beginner and advanced levels—including healthcare practitioners, behavioral health clinicians, and homeless service providers. Our MI trainers are members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international organization committed to promoting high-quality MI practice and training.