Last reviewed: 2023
Intended Outcomes:The goals of Motivational Interviewing (MI) are: Enhance internal motivation to change, reinforce this motivation, and develop a plan to achieve change
Continuum of Care:
Indicated Prevention, Selective Prevention, Treatment
Behavioral Health/Mental Health, Substance Use
Adult (25+), Childhood (4-12), Teen/Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24)
Significant and well-articulated attention was given to disparities in outcomes
There are no minimum educational requirements to be trained in Motivational Interviewing
Is Training Required?
Yes, see developer info
Who can provide the required training?
Multiple places offer MI training. The training can be done via workshop or as an individual study. Please click here for more details.
Program Costs (materials, training, etc.):
Yes, refer to program website
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research:
O’Brennan, L. M., Suldo, S. M., Shaunessy-Dedrick, E., Dedrick, R. F., Parker, J. S., Lee, J. S., Ferron, J. M., & Hanks, C. (2020). Supports for youth in accelerated high school curricula: An initial study of applicability and acceptability of a motivational interviewing intervention. The Gifted Child Quarterly, 64(1), 19-40. https://doi.org/10.1177/0016986219886933
Moore, R. S., Gilder, D. A., Grube, J. W., Lee, J. P., Geisler, J. A., Friese, B., Calac, D. J., Finan, L. J., & Ehlers, C. L. (2018). Prevention of underage drinking on california indian reservations using individual- and community-level approaches. American Journal of Public Health (1971), 108(8), 1035-1041. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2018.304447
Lee, J. A., Heberlein, E., Pyle, E., Caughlan, T., Rahaman, D., Sabin, M., & Kaar, J. L. (2021). Evaluation of a resiliency focused health coaching intervention for middle school students: Building resilience for healthy kids program. American Journal of Health Promotion, 35(3), 344-351. https://doi.org/10.1177/0890117120959152
Wright, M. E., Delacroix, E., Sonneville, K. R., Considine, S., Proctor, T., Steffes, J., Harris, D., Shone, L. P., Woo, H., Vaughan, R., Grundmeier, R. W., Fiks, A. G., Stockwell, M. S., & Resnicow, K. (2020). Reducing paediatric overweight and obesity through motivational interviewing: Study protocol for a randomised controlled trial in the AAP PROS research network. BMJ Open, 10(7), e035720-e035720. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2019-035720
Sherwood, N. E., Levy, R. L., Langer, S. L., Senso, M. M., Crain, A. L., Hayes, M. G., Anderson, J. D., Seburg, E. M., & Jeffery, R. W. (2013). Healthy Homes/Healthy kids: A randomized trial of a pediatric primary care-based obesity prevention intervention for at-risk 5-10 year olds. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 36(1), 228-243. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2013.06.017
Lundahl, B. W., Kunz, C., Brownell, C., Tollefson, D. & Burke, B. L. (2010). A meta-analysis of Motivational Interviewing: Twenty-five years of empirical studies. Research on Social Work Practice, 20(2), 137-160. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731509347850
Well-Supported by Research
»WV Ratings Info
Rationale for Rating:
Multiple studies, randomized control trials, and meta-analysis make it clear that Motivational Interviewing is well supported for children, adolescents, and transitional youth for underage drinking prevention, nutrition, obesity, depression, behavioral problems, and conduct disorders.
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare:
Well-Supported by Research Evidence
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development:
Not On Registry
Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness:
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide:
Not On Registry
Washington State Institute for Public Policy:
Found on the registry. See link for more information.
Washington State Institute for Public Policy Registry Link:
http://www.wsipp.wa.gov/Search? AreaSelection=ALL&SearchQueries%5B0%5D.paramType=KE YWORD_ANY&SearchQueries%5B0%5D.paramJoin=AND&Se archQueries%5B0%5D.mainSearch=true&SearchQueries%5B0 %5D.valueString=motivational+interviewing