Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, person-centered style of communicating that is designed to facilitate engagement in helping relationships, address ambivalence toward behavior change, and evoke and strengthen a person’s own motivation for behavior change (Miller & Rollnick, 2013). This session will describe the fundamental, guiding style and spirit of Motivational Interviewing and its core skills, and will contrast MI with other styles of communicating. The session will include a demonstration of MI and clinical examples blending MI with other evidence-based interventions to support the therapeutic relationship and promote behavior change, including for clients in treatment for PTSD and insomnia. Participants will leave this session with an understanding of the core components of MI as well as the importance of ongoing practice to gain proficiency.
1. Appraise the core skills of Motivational Interviewing.
2. Justify the applicability of MI for engaging patients in conversations about specific behaviors within the context of other EBPs.
Dr. Onna Brewer is a clinical psychologist and consultant in private practice. Her research and community-based work have focused on processes of behavior change, behavioral health treatment approaches, and improving access to care for underserved communities. Her post-doctoral training and early career included trauma specialization and providing outpatient care with the Veterans Health Administration where she was also a Motivational Interviewing consultant and regional trainer for the VA’s National Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Initiative. She is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, theNational Register of Health Service Psychologists, the Florida Psychological Association and APA. Dr. Brewer is licensed to practice psychology in the states of Florida and Illinois, and she provides training and consultation for a diverse array of helping professionals and organizations around the world.