What Is Motivational Interviewing?
Motivational interviewing (MI) is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change.
MI helps others become willing, able and ready for change. MI is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.
MI has been shown to outperform traditional persuasion strategies (such as advice-giving, education, and confrontation) for promoting sustainable behavior change. In contrast to persuasion strategies that seek to compel change through external mechanisms, MI strengthens an individual's intrinsic motivation through enhancing willingness, ability and commitment for positive change. MI does not impose change, but rather supports sustainable change in a manner congruent with the person's own values, concerns, beliefs and wishes.
You can visit the official MINT Website at: www.motivationinterviewing.org
Ali Hall (JD) is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and an independent consultant and trainer.
I have a passion for working with helping professionals, in all fields and contexts, enhancing their abilities to help their clients make positive and sustained changes. Since 2006, I have been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and an independent consultant and trainer.
I have been fortunate to have designed and facilitated over seven hundred Motivational Interviewing (MI) workshops for behavioral health clinicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, program administrators, educators, social and child welfare workers, health care providers, health coaches, and criminal / juvenile justice professionals, as well as training for trainers in evidence-based practices.
I am also a training associate for the Center for Strength-Based Strategies as well as the University of California at Davis. I provide MI coding and skill development coaching, and provide consultation to systems and research projects for effective MI implementation.
I serve as a reviewer for the National Registry for Evidence-Based Practices and Programs (NREPP). A California native, I spent my undergraduate years at Occidental College in Los Angeles, and completed graduate studies in organizational behavior at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University as well as my J.D. at the Cornell University School of Law.
In my spare time, I do marathon swimming, raising funds for at-risk kids’ charities.