Motivational Interviewing (MI)

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1  — Well-Supported by Research Evidence
1  — Well-Supported by Research Evidence
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About This Program

Target Population: Caregivers of children referred to the child welfare system, has been used with adolescents

Brief Description

MI is a client-centered, directive method designed to enhance client motivation for behavior change. It focuses on exploring and resolving ambivalence by increasing intrinsic motivation to change. MI can be used by itself, as well as in combination with other treatments. It has been utilized in pretreatment work to engage and motivate clients for other treatment modalities.

Program Goals:

The goals of Motivational Interviewing (MI) are:

  • Enhance internal motivation to change
  • Reinforce this motivation
  • Develop a plan to achieve change

Contact Information

Melinda Hohman, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: San Diego State University
Department: School of Social Work
Phone: (619) 594-5500
Fax: (619) 594-5991

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: November 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: November 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2006