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by Professor Janet Treasure
and Dr Pam Macdonald
Last reviewed: October 2015
This module is an introduction to motivational interviewing
(MI), a patient-centred and gently directive interaction style used
to negotiate behaviour change.
Initially, motivational interviewing was developed as a tool to
work with people with alcohol problems but it can be used for any
situation in which there is ambivalence about change. Within
psychiatry, this approach has been applied to people with dual
diagnosis, obsessive-compulsive disorders, eating disorders and
anxiety, and to improve treatment adherence in psychosis.
In this module, we give an
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Luty J, Iwanowicz M (2018) Motivational interviewing:
living up to its promise?. BJPsych Advances,
24: 46–53. [abstract]
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