Beyond behavior: Eliciting broader change with motivational interviewing

TitleBeyond behavior: Eliciting broader change with motivational interviewing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsWagner, CC, Ingersoll, KS
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Date PublishedNov
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1097-4679 (Electronic)0021-9762 (Linking)
Accession Number19760743
Keywords*Directive Counseling, *Psychotherapy, Adult, Alcohol Drinking/*therapy, Female, Humans, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Complications/psychology/*therapy, Risk Reduction Behavior

Descriptions of Motivational interviewing (MI) usually focus on helping clients change a single problematic behavior. In contrast, the current case study shows that MI can serve as a more comprehensive psychotherapy, focused not only on multiple problem behaviors but also on broader change consistent with its roots in client-centered therapy. In this case, the therapist interwove a focus on several discrete behaviors with a focus on broader lifestyle change as well as increased clarity of client cognitions, values, and choices, resulting in several lasting changes.

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