Motivational Interviewing


Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered, guiding method of communication and counseling that elicits and strengthens intrinsic motivation for change through exploration and resolution of ambivalence. The primary goals include minimizing resistance, eliciting change talk, resolving ambivalence and nurturing hope and confidence. This method incorporates collaboration, acceptance, evocation (drawing out ideas and solutions from within the client), and compassion.

Core skills needed to successfully use Motivational Interviewing techniques consist of:

  • open-ended questions,
  • affirmations,
  • reflective listening,
  • and summarizing listening.

The four processes used include:

  • engaging,
  • guiding,
  • evoking,
  • and planning.

Intended Audience:

CCN Staff and Partner Organizations

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Theory & Practice of Motivational Interviewing

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