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Motivational Interviewing With Students – Part 4: MI in Action

Motivational Interviewing With Students – Part 4: MI in Action

About Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is a therapeutic approach that has gained attention in its application to school mental health.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is more than a set of therapeutic techniques. MI is a “way of being” with students and staff. It is both client-centered and directive.

Motivational Interviewing is designed to strengthen and individual’s motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own arguments for change.

This is the 4th post in a series on using Motivational Interviewing with students.

Additional posts in the series:

Motivational Interviewing Video Series

Reading about an approach is useful, but seeing it in action is invaluable to deepening our understanding. Videos can help us answer the question, “So what does this look like in practice?”

These videos were produced by University of Florida Institute for Child Health Policy & Cherokee Nation Behavioral Health. They were funded by NIAAA and NIH.

This series demonstrates the skills and approaches outlined in the previous posts

#1 – Ineffective (Non-MI) Approach with High Risk Teen


#2 – Effective M.I. Approach with High Risk Teen


#3 – Ineffective (Non-M.I.) Approach with Lower-Risk Teen

#4 – Effective M.I. Approach with Lower-Risk Teen


Do you know of any videos that have helped your practice? We’d love to hear about them! Leave a comment.

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About The Author(s)


Scott Carchedi is the founder and co-editor of SSWN. He previously served on the Board of the Illinois Association of School Social Workers and continues to provide consultative services to IASSW on technology. Scott is a school social worker in the western suburbs of Chicago, serving grades 8-12.


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