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Motivational Interviewing was first developed for use with people with substance abuse problems, however in its 40 year history it has been applied with a range of presentations. At its core, Motivational Interviewing places emphasis on listening, empathy, and encouraging our client’s own knowledge. In this episode, The Peregrine Centre’s research associate Dr Dayle Raftery is joined by Tara McGregor, psychotherapist, accredited dietician, and infectiously enthusiastic Motivational Interviewing practitioner. Join as Tara guides us through the Motivational Interviewing spirit and talks about how to find out more, and start practicing in this powerful and adaptable format.

  • Website: Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers – find training, and do IT! Attend experiential training facilitated by a MINT member and ideally get some follow up coaching.
  • Online Community: MINT Oceania hosts webinars, trainings and provides support for practitioners learning MI
  • Book: Motivational Interviewing 4th Ed. By William Miller and Stephen Rollnick, the MI “bible”
  • Book: Building Motivational Interviewing Skills by David Rosengren – interactive workbook full of theory, practice samples, and challenges to build your own skill.
  • Book: Someone Good to Talk To by Helen Mentha. In contrast to the first two books a light, humorous thoughtful read you can dip in and out of to bring your MI to life. And written by an Aussie!
  • Online resources: Kylie McKenzie is a MINT member based in Ballarat VIC. Her website has a page of fabulous downloadable PDFs to support your MI practice. Offered freely.
  • Tara also recommends the resources you already have: Your Ears! Listen to your client. Listen to yourself. Get permission to record client sessions that feature conversations about behaviour change. How often do you give advice? How often do you offer a reflection? How many questions do you ask in a row? How often do you ask the client for their ideas?

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