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Avoiding the Expert Trap

Learning to embody the motivational interviewing spirit with a free exercise from Motivational Interviewing for Mental Health Clinicians

Ali Hall, JD

Author Ali Hall, JD, reflects on the effectiveness of motivational interviewing in inspiring collaboration, increasing self-efficacy, and enhancing engagement for mental health professionals and their clients.

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Turning “What’s Wrong” into “What’s Strong”

Shifting to a Strengths-Based Perspective with Motivational Interviewing

Ali Hall, JD, Jennifer Frey, PhD

The practice of motivational interviewing (MI) involves a change in our perspective. We can reframe what we perceive to be a person’s “failures” or shortcomings into evidence of their strengths, skills, character, and worth. This shift from a deficits-based perspective to one of strengths is at the heart of MI.

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Video: Identifying and Guiding Change Talk

With Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D.

Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D.

Change talk doesn't always happen naturally, it often happens because of the core skills being used by the practitioner. Watch this video from Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D., and see the skills of Motivational Interviewing in practice.

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5 Questions to Ask Your Patient: Motivating change

Stephen Rollnick, Ph.D.

Do you get frustrated with your patients not listening to your pleading to make seemingly simple lifestyle changes? When we realize that we cannot push, pull or drag our patients to change their behavior, we open the door to a new conversation: One that centers on relating to the fact that all people face struggles with change.

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