What you have learned about motivational interviewing

Discussion Post: Motivational Interviewing

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a psychotherapeutic method that was developed by William Miller and Stephen Rollnick, originally described in 1983 (Miller, 1983). Miller and Rollnick (2002) define MI as "a client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence." Its original application was in substance abuse treatment with adults, where it was developed in response to confrontational methods used in this field during the 1970s and 1980s. Since then, it has been used in many different areas, including "general medical care, health promotion, social work and corrections" (Miller & Rollnick, 2002, p. xiv)

• Explore your reactions to the readings and to what you have learned about Motivational Interviewing (MI). Explain how MI can be applied to clinical practice.

• Write one independent paragraph that includes a reference, explaining how Motivational Interviewing can be used by a psychiatric nurse practitioner to help a specific patient (for example, a drug addict or alcoholic patient that is non-complaining with his or her medications) and what considerations you need to be aware of to achieve success.

The response must include a reference list. Using Times New Roman 12 pnt font, double-space, one-inch margins, and APA style of writing and citations.

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