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Beyond behavior: Eliciting broader change with motivational interviewing

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Monday, February 15, 2016 - 15:04
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Wagner, Christopher
Ingersoll, Karen
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Journal of Clinical Psychology

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. (author abstract)

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