William R Miller
After receiving my Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon, I have been at the University of New Mexico since 1976, where I retired as Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry in 2006. Understanding addiction and its treatment has been a wonderful medium for pursuing my fundamental interest in the psychology of change. It has also been a fertile field for exploring the historic interface between spirituality and psychology.
Motivational Interviewing is a way of conducting conversations about change to strengthen clients’ motivation and commitment. Four decades of research on MI, including more than a thousand controlled clinical trials, have yielded some surprising findings.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an alternative to the usual approach of educating clients and trying to persuade them to change. Simply advising clients to change is usually ineffective and can even entrench the status quo.
MI has been found to be useful in helping people change across a broad array of problems in counseling and psychotherapy, health care, coaching, social work, and education.