Motivational interviewing is a client-centered, evidence-based, goal-oriented method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence with the individual. There are three fundamental principles that must be present to be called Motivational Interviewing. They are: expressing empathy, amplifying ambivalence and supporting self-efficacy. They are presented here with their relationship to the not necessarily linear processes of a Motivational Interviewing intervention: Engagement, Heightening Ambivalence and Empowerment.


Alan Lyme, MSW, ICADC, ICCS brings respected and innovative clinical and program management skills as the Clinical Supervisor and trainer for the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) grant program at the Medical Center of Central Georgia. Concurrently, as the Director of Vortex Counseling, Training, and Consulting, Alan provides trainings nationally on Motivational Interviewing, Clinical Supervision, and Skills on Working with Men.

Webinar Shortcuts

02:34 — Survey of the participants
05:10 — Introduction, Acknowledgements, and Objectives of the Training
11:56 — What is SBIRT intervention? What are the goals?
14:18 — Screening
17:16 — Brief Intervention
The FLO Model
Listen & Elicit
Options for Change
Closing on Good Terms (SEW)
25:07 — Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
28:35 — Practicing Use of the Confidence Scale with a Participant
35:33 — Listening and Respect
39:31 — Q&A Break
40:50 — Motivational Interviewing: Definition and Spirit
45:47 — The Founders of MI: Stephen Rollnick and William R. Miller
48:40 — The Four Fundamental Processes of MI
52:08 — Development of the MI Attitude
53:09 — Q&A Break
59:55 — Further Discussion of the Goals and Techniques of MI
Underlying Assumptions
1:11:12 — Video: Unsuccessful Techniques in MI
1:18:56 — Q&A

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