Motivational interviewing: A specific approach for coaching psychologists

TitleMotivational interviewing: A specific approach for coaching psychologists
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsPassmore, J, Whybrow, A
EditorPalmer, S, Whybrow, A
Book TitleHandbook of coaching psychology: A guide for practitioners
Place PublishedNew York, NY
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1-58391-707-1978-1-58391-707-71-58391-706-3978-1-58391-706-0
Keywordsbehavior change, behavioral change, Client Centered Therapy, coaching, coaching psychology, collaboration, Communication, conflict resolution, Humanism, humanistic counseling, insight, intrinsic motivation, meaningful change, Meaningfulness, motivational interviewing, person-centered

(from the chapter) Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centred, non-directive method of communication, which works collaboratively with the coachee supporting them to enhance their intrinsic motivation towards personal behavioural change, by helping them resolve their historical ambivalence to the change that they face. MI has its roots in the Rogerian, humanistic counselling style. Unlike the behavioural approaches to coaching, which are based on the concept of behaviour being the result of external reinforcement or extrinsic motivators such as pay, praise, status MI focuses explicitly on enhancing intrinsic motivation. The underlying view of the MI approach is that lasting and meaningful change occurs when an individual is intrinsically motivated. Using MI techniques, the coach explores the values and goals of the coachee, how their current behaviour may be out of step with their ideal behaviours, and helps the coachee resolve this conflict. The aim is that it is the coachee who begins verbalising to the coach why change may be beneficial, while the coach offers an empathic, reflective environment, helping the coachee stay focused on 'change talk.' A core belief within the process is the innate capacity of individuals to naturally evolve in a healthful direction under conditions of acceptance and support, where people use their own positive, creative energy and insight to discover the best solutions for themselves. This chapter is an overview of this approach. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (chapter)

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