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Motivational Interviewing for Mental Health Clinicians: A Toolkit for Skills Enhancement

Jennifer Frey, PhD |  Ali Hall, JD
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May 04, 2021
PESI Publishing
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Conversations about change can be challenging. In this motivational interviewing (MI) toolkit, you will find a variety of tools and strategies designed to help you apply the spirit of MI so you can more effectively evoke people’s own interests, experiences, and good ideas for change. Designed for mental health clinicians who want to deepen their learning and proficiency, this toolkit provides:

  • Examples of how to use MI to support people experiencing a variety of mental health issues
  • Activities to help you more deeply explore the fundamental concepts, spirit, and tools of MI
  • Sample conversation scripts that demonstrate the MI skills in practice
  • Exercises to assess your progress and gain confidence in your skills

Most importantly, this toolkit offers a variety of flexible opportunities for you to actively practice the core skills of MI: Use them on your own, with a partner, with a team of colleagues, or within an MI learning community.



Jennifer Frey, PhD Related seminars and products

Jennifer Frey, PhD is a licensed psychologist, clinician, member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), MI skills coach and organizational consultant. She is passionate about working with mental health clinicians to even more effectively support people in making meaningful changes.

Speaker Disclosure:
Financial: Jennifer Frey is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Jennifer Frey has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

Ali Hall, JD Related seminars and products

Ali Hall, JD, is a member of MINT and is an independent consultant and trainer. She designs and facilitates MI workshops in a wide variety of contexts, including training for trainers in a number of evidence-based practices, and provides consultation for organizational implementation. She is a co-developer of the Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment (MICA), a coding and coaching tool for MI skill development.


Speaker Disclosure:
Financial: Ali Hall is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). She is a co-developer of the Motivational Interviewing Competency Assessment (MICA). She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Ali Hall has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Frey and Hall have done something remarkable: added something entirely new to the MI world. Literally breathing life into the heartset of learning MI, this toolkit gently guides practitioners into a self-reflective and compassionate review of their practice and learning MI. Mental health providers have another must-add book for their libraries.
-- David B. Rosengren , President & CEO, Prevention Research Institute, Author of Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook 

Motivational Interviewing for Mental Health Clinicians provides the tools you need to integrate the skills and strategies of motivational interviewing (MI) into your day-to-day work. Offering a cornucopia of activities, exercises, and invitations to self-reflection, Frey and Hall are expert guides to putting in place the building blocks of an MI practice that fits you and feels like yours. Speaking in a friendly encouraging, and knowledgeable voice, they invite you to join them in a step-by-step process of thinking about what you do – its challenges as well as its successes – and trying out new ideas and approaches for enhancing motivation and commitment to change. They will help you deepen your empathy for your clients, your compassion for their struggles, and your celebration of their triumphs – and help you feel more like the practitioner you want to be. With examples galore of conversations about all kinds of problems in all kinds of settings, Motivational Interviewing for Mental Health Clinicians is a practical, concrete resource for every practitioner who wants to master the MI way of being with people.
-- Allan Zuckoff, Phd , Author of Finding Your Way to Change: How the Power of Motivational Interviewing Can Reveal What You Want and Help You Get There

This is a refreshing and fun book that is a great resource for busy clinicians and anyone wanting to improve, practice, or hone their MI skills in a purposeful, practical, and effective way. There’s a nice combination of didactics, client-practitioner scenarios/dialogues, and case examples, along with practitioner exercises peppered expertly throughout each chapter for on-the-spot skill practice. This is a book I can pick up after a long day and become energized to utilize these strategies with my clientele. The activities are practical and able to be completed in reasonable amount of time
-- Nikki Cockern, PhD, LLP, Clinical Psychologist, Clinical Manager, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University

Being a trainer who has done numerous trainings on mental health, I found the practitioner exercises, especially for the MI spirit, extremely practical. I can see myself using that format for my training presentations. The exercises are new and address the real content of MI. Great book!
-- Maurice Bulls, MEd, Executive Director, Behavior Change Consulting Institute

This is a highly relevant and user-friendly package of resources for which I’ve been awaiting for a decade. It will be an indispensable resource in my work to further support my interprofessional teams to incorporate MI knowledge and skills in outpatient, inpatient, and crisis settings. It will occupy a prominent place in my professional library.
-- Tim Godden, BSc, BAA(J), BSW, MSW, Clinical Supervisor and Trainer, Toronto, Canada



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