"Old dogs" and new skills: how clinician characteristics relate to motivational interviewing skills before, during, and after training.

Carpenter, KM, Cheng WY, Smith JL, Brooks AC, Amrhein PC, Wain RM, Nunes EV. (2012). J Consult Clin Psychol, 560-73. 

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- [Telephone Coaching Delivery (TCS)], which provided immediate feedback during practice sessions, was most effective for increasing MI Spirit and reflective listening among clinicians with no graduate degree and stronger vocabulary performances. [Video Tape (AT)] supervision was more effective for increasing these skills among clinicians with a graduate degree. Further, TCS and AT were most likely to enhance MI Spirit among clinicians with low average to average verbal and abstract reasoning performances.

Treatment Fidelity of Motivational Interviewing Delivered by a School Nurse to Increase Girls’ Physical Activity

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Robbins, et al. J Sch Nurs. Feb 2012; 28(1): 70-78. 

  • The following four areas related to treatment fidelity were addressed: (a) study design, (b) training of interventionists, (c) intervention delivery, and (d) intervention receipt. Findings showed that 34 of 37 (91.9%) girls completed all three sessions. An initial motivational interviewing training workshop followed by evaluation of audio-taped sessions with constructive feedback can result in successful and consistent delivery by a school nurse.

Motivational interviewing to increase physical activity in people with chronic health conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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O’Holloran, et al.Clin Rehabil. 2014 Dec;28(12):1159-71.

  • The addition of motivational interviewing to usual care may lead to modest improvements in physical activity for people with chronic health conditions...Sensitivity analysis based on trials that confirmed treatment fidelity produced a larger effect.

Motivational Interviewing Third Edition Helping People Change

This bestselling work for professionals and students is the authoritative presentation of motivational interviewing (MI), the powerful approach to facilitating change. The book elucidates the four processes of MI--engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning--and vividly demonstrates what they look like in action.

 William R. Miller  (Author), Stephen Rollnick (Author) 


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Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy

The three-volume Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy provides a thorough examination of the components of behavior modification, behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and applied behavior analysis for both child and adult populations in a variety of settings.


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