Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a powerful tool for primary care providers and HS Specialists to have in their toolbox.

MI is a patient-centered way of interacting that’s based on principles of humanistic psychology, empathy, and a nonjudgmental approach. MI has been applied across many settings and has proven to be a highly effective tool to encourage change, particularly in the medical field.

An MI approach is grounded in the belief that people are ambivalent about change, rather than assuming that they are uneducated, unmotivated, resistant, or weak. This positive view of the “client” is an essential shift that allows for a more optimistic path. MI is an evidenced-based effective strategy for evoking change and a welcome departure from the didactic, advice-giving approach so common (and ineffective) in medical settings.

“If I can provide a certain type of relationship, the other person will discover within himself the capacity to use that relationship for growth, and change and personal development will occur.”

-Carl Rogers

Learn more about MI and how it can assist you through the following resources:

Need to brush up on your knowledge of MI? One of these articles or books may help.

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