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Motivational Interviewing: An Introduction

This resource contains both evidence-based research and practice-based materials that can help guide the development, implementation, and continuous improvement of career pathways programs.
Hampton-Newport News Criminal Justice Agency
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his training guide provides participants with an overview of the major tenets of motivational interviewing through an exploration of the approach and practice with the intervention strategies found to be effective in enhancing motivation. Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. The use of motivational interviewing during the case management process is covered during this 10-hour course. Modules include: (1) Setting the Context; (2) Motivational Interviewing; (3) Assessing Motivation; (4) Stage matched motivational strategies; (5) Applying motivational interviewing: Effective Case Work, including the six step model to build an effective case plan; and (6) Enhancing Treatment Compliance.

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This resource meets the following objectives: (1) Focus on the Responsivity Principle and how we can apply this principle to enhance our work with offenders; (2) Provide a brief introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Principles and Practices; (3) Demonstrate how to use motivational interviewing in your day-to-day work with offenders through the introduction of a six step model to build an effective case plan; (4) Examine the styles and approaches that can influence change; (5) Teach methods to assess motivation; (6) Provide opportunities to practice using brief intervention strategies; and (7) Focus on enhancing treatment compliance.

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.