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Motivational Interviewing (MI) has become a growing method for promoting change in outpatient settings, residential programs, Juvenile Probation Departments and other venues in the human services field including medical, clinical, educational, and law enforcement professions and is a primary interaction style at PATHS.

The MI directive is a client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavioral change by helping clients explore and resolve ambivalence. MI is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a resident’s own motivation and commitment to change.

The goal in utilizing MI is to examine and resolve ambivalence by focusing on the client’s internal motive to change, rather than imposing external motives. The style of MI is an eliciting and directive approach. It is an interpersonal style, not restricted only to formal clinical settings.