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Motivational Interviewing is an integral part of SBIRT, and its principles can also be applied to other therapeutic interactions revolving around behavior change.

The following materials supplement formal MI training, but cannot replace the instruction and practice necessary to become proficient.

For Practitioners

TIP 35: Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment This guide helps clinicians influence the change process in their clients by incorporating motivational interventions into substance use disorder treatment programs. It describes different interventions that can be used at all stages of change.

MI Reminder Card The “MI Reminder Card (Am I Doing This Right?)” is a quick guide for checking your Motivational Interviewing skills. Use the 11 questions on this card to build self-awareness about your attitudes, thoughts, and communication style as you conduct your work.

Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency (MIA:STEP) This training was created by a collaboration across multiple federal agencies that work on issues of drug use and health. The manual and demonstration interviews help supervisors mentor counselors and other clinicians in the use of MI skills in clinical settings.

Video: An Example of Good MI and Video: An Example of Bad MI Two examples of Motivational Interviewing with the same client, contrasting good and bad MI technique.

Kate Speck’s Shaping Up Your Motivational Interviewing Skills Webinar Dr. Speck will help you recognize when you’re becoming “stuck” during a Motivational Interviewing session—and what to do about it. Review strategies to address ambivalence about change, respond to goal conflicts, and evoke change talk.

A Tour of Motivational Interviewing: An Interprofessional Road Map for Behavior Change Online Course This course takes the learner on a tour of the essential skills used to strengthen an individual’s motivation for behavior change. Descriptions, demonstrations, and learning activities provide an introduction to MI.

MI Skill Building: How To Recognize, Respond To, and Elicit Change Talk and Cultivating Change Talk, Part II webinars. Hosted by MINT certified trainer Alex Waitt, this pair of webinars enhances understanding of a crucial motivational interviewing skill.

Collections of Resources

Motivational Interviewing for Hepatitis C This suite of training videos features six example vignettes of clinicians using Motivational Interviewing that addresses their patients’ HCV risk and encourages them to take charge of their health.

Brief Negotiated Interview Resources Learn to follow the “script” of the Brief Negotiated Interview. Read examples and case studies for general populations and adolescents, and find score sheets for your use and cards that can aid conversations with patients.

List of MI Resources from Case Western Reserve University Original tools are available here for download, including printable pocket cards and posters. In addition, find guides and other Motivational Interviewing materials sorted by topics such as adolescents, behavioral healthcare, and criminal justice.

Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers MINT is an international organization committed to promoting high-quality MI practice and training. This web site provides resources for those seeking information on Motivational Interviewing.