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Motivational Interviewing

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  • These two role-played scenarios can be used in training or skill coding sessions as examples of 1) a traditional probation supervision session, and 2) a supervision session during which the probation officer uses motivational interviewing skills. Coded and uncoded transcripts are available upon request. To order this DVD, ask for accession number 022005 by telephone (800.877.1461) or through the Online Help Desk (www.nicic.gov/helpdesk).
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Motivational Interviewing (MI) arose during the 1980s from alcohol counseling research. This research began to suggest that certain types of brief counseling interactions could be as effective as more lengthy interventions and that a certain kind of provider style was better at eliciting change.

MI is a person-centered communication method of fostering change by helping a person explore and resolve ambivalence. Rather than using external pressure, MI looks for ways to access internal motivation for change. It borrows from client-centered counseling in its emphasis on empathy, optimism, and respect for client choice. MI also draws from self-perception theory, which says that a person becomes more or less committed to an action based on the verbal stance he or she takes. Thus, an offender who talks about the benefits of change is more likely to make that change, whereas an offender who argues and defends the status quo is more likely to continue his or her present behavior.



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These two role-played scenarios can be used in training or skill coding sessions as examples of 1) a traditional probation supervision session, and 2) a supervision session during which the probation officer uses motivational interviewing skills. Coded and uncoded transcripts are available upon request. To order this DVD, ask for accession number 022005 by telephone (800.877.1461) or through the Online Help Desk (www.nicic.gov/helpdesk).

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Document 025057
Thinking for a Change: Integrated Cognitive Behavior Change Program
By Bush, Jack; Glick, Barry; Taymans, Juliana. National Institute of Corrections (Washington, DC).
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2004
Document 022005
Two Probation Officer/Offender Contact Sessions (PO 1 & 2) [Motivational Interviewing]
National Institute of Corrections Academy (Longmont, CO) National Institute of Corrections. Community Corrections Division (Washington, DC).
These two role-played scenarios can be used in training or skill coding sessions as examples of:
  • 1) A traditional probation supervision session
  • 2) A supervision session during which the probation officer uses motivational interviewing skills.
Coded and uncoded transcripts are available upon request. ... Read More
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