A randomized trial of methods to help clinicians learn motivational interviewing

TitleA randomized trial of methods to help clinicians learn motivational interviewing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2004
AuthorsMiller, WR, Yahne, CE, Moyers, TB, Martinez, J, Pirritano, M
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Date PublishedDec
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0022-006X (Print)0022-006X (Linking)
Accession Number15612851
Keywords*Interviews as Topic, *Learning, *Motivation, Adult, Aged, Feedback, Female, Health Personnel/*education, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Questionnaires, Substance-Related Disorders/diagnosis/therapy

The Evaluating Methods for Motivational Enhancement Education trial evaluated methods for learning motivational interviewing (MI). Licensed substance abuse professionals (N = 140) were randomized to 5 training conditions: (a) clinical workshop only; (b) workshop plus practice feedback; (c) workshop plus individual coaching sessions; (d) workshop, feedback, and coaching; or (e) a waiting list control group of self-guided training. Audiotaped practice samples were analyzed at baseline, posttraining, and 4, 8, and 12 months later. Relative to controls, the 4 trained groups showed larger gains in proficiency. Coaching and/or feedback also increased posttraining proficiency. After delayed training, the waiting list group showed modest gains in proficiency. Posttraining proficiency was generally well maintained throughout follow-up. Clinician self-reports of MI skillfulness were unrelated to proficiency levels in observed practice.

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