MI in Social Work PracticeGood to know for the exam: Motivational Interviewing. A definition from SAMHSA's quick training pages:

[A] collaborative, person-centered form of guiding to elicit and strengthen motivation for change. [Motivational Interviewing] is an empathic, supportive counseling style that supports the conditions for change. Practitioners are careful to avoid arguments and confrontation, which tend to increase a person's defensiveness and resistance.

The same sources has a brief round-up of MI's Stages of Change.

There's more--much more than you need to know for the licensing exam--at motivationalinterviewing.org.  

And take a look at Motivational Interviewing in Social Work Practice, by Melinda Hohman, which includes a table comparing social work values and the MI approach. 

Here's MI originator William Miller with some explanation:

Not done yet?  There's more via video collected on SWTP's YouTube channel. Enjoy! And of course put your knowledge to use with SWTP practice test. 


January 13, 2013
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