Welcome to my blog! What I hope to offer you here is some information about what is going on in the MI Training community: the latest trends, new research, topics of debate, etc.
Motivational Interviewing is a wonderful tool for working with so many different populations. MI started in the 80′s in the Alcohol & Drug Addictions Field and as I write these words, is only picking up speed. The use of MI has spread into the medical world, criminal justice system, and more recently into the domestic violence field, just to name a few.
I believe the reason for this is because as Bill Miller (co-creator of MI) said, people recognize something in MI; it feels familiar to them. Many helping professionals, as they learn about the spirit and techniques of MI, are drawn to it. The major principles of MI (respect, empathy, etc.) are things they have always tried to convey to their clients, and now with MI they have concrete tools and skills with which to do so. The result for most after an Introductory MI Training is they want to know more and they want to use MI with their clients. I had this experience as a new clinician being trained in MI and it is why I became a trainer.
So as we begin this little on-line community, please let me know your thoughts, ideas, experiences in regards to Motivational Interviewing- or any questions you may have. I would be happy to be of service & be a resource for you. Please feel free to post your comments or you can always e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
***Look for My Upcoming Post on Using MI with Adolescents***