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Motivational Interviewing is an evidenced based practice first described by Miller and Rollnick in 1992. A simple definition for Motivational Interviewing (MI), is: Motivational Interviewing is a directive client centered-communication method that elicits and resolves ambivalence so that the client develops their own argument and plan for action toward change.
"Quite Simply Motivational Interviewing improves patient outcomes where health and lifestyle behavior change is needed"
Since 1992, MI has demonstrated efficacy in a variety of populations and settings. Initially utilized with substance abuse, MI has disseminated rapidly into all areas of health related behavior change and chronic illness management. When added in to other modalities, It demonstrates many positive effects including better working alliance, less client defensiveness, and increases in incremental behavior change. Workers who take the time to develop the skills and the methods of MI report better role satisfaction.