Motivational Interviewing

E1. Motivational Interviewing
E1.1. Learn the spirit of motivational interviewing as exemplified by the principles of:

  1. compassion
  2. acceptance
  3. partnership
  4. evocation

E1.2. Practice the skills of motivational interviewing (OARS) in eliciting information from patients with:

  1. Open ended questions
  2. Affirmations
  3. Reflective listening
  4. Summary statements

E1.3. Be able to assess readiness and ambivalence to change in patients and correctly distinguish
appropriate counselling strategies by:

  1. recognizing change talk
  2. responding to change talk

E1.4. Practice an approach to evoke motivation to change from patients by:

  1. setting the agenda
  2. eliciting pros and cons
  3. assessing the importance and confidence
  4. exchanging information
  5. setting goals
  6. strategizing for dealing with resistance


MI Cheat Sheet

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