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The most common concern raised in my trainings with physicians and nurses is how to fit Motivational Interviewing – or any patient-centered efforts at helping patients better manage their own health – into their busy schedule. Training in MI is only the beginning: Usually providers find that they can make some independent changes in their own practice, but that the office as a whole may need to make changes in order to support their efforts as well as those of their patients.

The solutions that providers come up with are as diverse as the clinical practices themselves. AAFP News Now profiles a family practice clinic in Wisconsin that changed clinic protocols to stress pre-visit planning and expanded the role of nurses, allowing physicians as well as the entire treatment team to spend more time focusing on patient self-management.

AAFP News Now: Team-based Care Fuels Patient Self-management Success

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The inaugural issue of Motivational Interviewing: Training, Research, Implementation, Practice (MITRIP; the journal of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) is now available online.  An open-access, “author-friendly” journal, MITRIP accepts submissions of all kinds related to motivational interviewing (MI) practice, training, implementation, and research: qualitative as well as quantitative studies, case presentations, descriptions of innovations in MI practice or training, and theoretical or conceptual articles, as well as informal contributions related to the activities of MINT members worldwide. Submissions are invited from any author, regardless of affiliation, who wishes to contribute to the ongoing conversation about MI.

Motivational Interviewing: Training, Research, Implementation, Practice.

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This new guide (published in 2012) is a companion to Motivating Offenders to Change: A Guide for Probation and Parole. Whereas the earlier guide detailed the application of MI in correctional settings, this guide focuses on implementation issues. After a very brief overview of MI, more detailed chapters cover how MI is learned, supervising and coaching to support implementation, assessing MI skills, and organization-level planning to develop MI skills in a correctional setting. The guide is very readable and appears to provide enough information to assist experienced agency leaders in identifying and working through relevant issues in successful implementation of MI. Motivational Interviewing in Corrections: A Comprehensive Guide to Implementing MI in Corrections (free – PDF download).

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