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MI. 1 A MI Definition Principles & Approach V4 012911

The most recent definition of motivational

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Unformatted text preview: nner congruent with the person's own values and concerns. The most recent definition of Motivational Interviewing (2009) is: “. . . a collaborative, person ­centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change.” The Motivational Interviewing Approach Motivational Interviewing is grounded in a respectful stance with a focus on building rapport in the initial stages of the counseling relationship. A central concept of MI is the identification, examination, and resolution of ambivalence about changing behavior. Ambivalence, feeling two ways about behavior change, is seen as a natural part of the change process. The skillful MI practitioner is attuned to client ambivalence and “readiness for change” and thoughtfully utilizes techniques and strategies that are responsive to the client. Recent descriptions of Motivational Interviewing include three essential elements: 1. MI is a particular k...
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