Motivational Interviewing

  • Learn the spirit of motivational interviewing as exemplified by the principles of:
    • compassion
    • acceptance
    • partnership
    • evocation
  • Practice the skills of motivational interviewing (OARS) in eliciting information from patients with:
    • Open ended questions
    • Affirmations
    • Reflective listening
    • Summary statements
  • Be able to assess readiness and ambivalence to change in patients and correctly distinguish appropriate counselling strategies by:
    • recognizing change talk
    • responding to change talk
  • Practice an approach to evoke motivation to change from patients by:
    • setting the agenda
    • eliciting pros and cons
    • assessing the importance and confidence
    • exchanging information
    • setting goals
    • strategizing for dealing with resistance

Core Resources

MI Cheat Sheet

Centre for Addition and Mental Health (CAMH)/Training Enhancement in Applied Cessation Counselling and Health (TEACH). Motivational Interviewing (MI) Basics. 2014.