Motivational Interviewing Part 2: Key Concepts of Motivational Interviewing

In part 2 of this four-part series on Motivational Interviewing, the presenter, Ed Stellon (MS, MA, CADC), provides a thorough explanation of the key concepts of motivational interviewing. Using examples from real life, he discusses the stages of change: precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action, maintenance, and relapse; he also examines readiness to change. Stellon reviews the four basic principles of motivational interviewing: express empathy, develop discrepancy, roll with resistance, and support self-efficacy. He introduces the concept of decisional balance, and applies it using the tool of the decisional balance worksheet.

This presentation was recorded at the Meeting Social Services Needs in the Current Climate training institute held in Evanston, IL in August 2012.

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