Fa-MI-ly: Experiential Techniques to Integrate Motivational Interviewing and Family Counseling
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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, client-centered approach that provides a framework for the change process. Careful attention is given within MI to understand and meet clients across a continuum of readiness for change. While less readily applied to family counseling, MI facilitates therapeutic alliance, evokes motivation for change, and provides useful guidelines for conceptualizing and implementing family counseling services. This article: (a) provides a brief overview of MI’s major tenets, (b) examines systems-level applications of MI principles, and (c) describes five counseling interventions developed by the authors that illustrate how MI may be integrated into family counseling practice.