Motivational Interviewing

YTP and the Motivational Interviewing Approach:

A innovative approach has been developed by Anya Sheftel called MEGI which stands for Motivational Enhancement Group Intervention. MEGI is a Motivational Interviewing based group intervention for 14-21 year old youth with disabilities focused on career exploration and development. Below, attached with other documents, you will find an invitation to consider bringing MEGI to youth in your school in 2017 (titled: "2017 MEGI Participation Invitation"). (2018 UPDATE: See HERE for 2018 MEGI Participation Invitation Information).

Much of the additional content of the following web pages and attachments can be attributed to Miller & Rollnick, 2013.

In upcoming Biennia, with the advent of WIOA and Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), YTP and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) will be adopting strategies to help us meet the needs of the students that we serve across the state. Motivational Interviewing is one conversational approach that VR has adopted and in the coming years we hope to encourage it’s use within our YTP sites and by Transition Specialists.

Motivational interviewing is grounded in respect, compassion, evocation, and acceptance.

A central concept of MI is the identification, examination, and resolution of ambivalence about change. Ambivalence, feeling two ways about something, is seen as a natural part of the change process.

The central concept of MI is the identification and examination of a student's own reasons for change. The skillful MI practitioner is attuned to the student's language of change.

Recent descriptions of Motivational Interviewing include three essential elements:

  1. MI is a particular kind of conversation about change (helping relationship, advising with permission, consultation, method of communication)
  2. MI is collaborative (person centered, partnership, honors autonomy, not expert recipient)
  3. MI is evocative (seeks to call forth the person’s own motivation and commitment)

These core elements are included in three increasingly detailed levels of definition:

Lay person’s definition (What’s it for?): Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative conversation to strengthen a person’s own motivation for and commitment to change.

A pragmatic practitioner’s definition (Why would I use it?): Motivational Interviewing is a person centered, collaborative conversation for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change.

A technical definition (How does it work?): Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual’s motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own arguments for change.

Note: Attached below is a presentation done by the Motivational Interviewing Support Team (MIST) for the 2013 Fall Regional YTP Trainings. It is a large file and contains 3 videos that may or may not play depending on the software on your computer (requires Windows Media Player). It takes a few moments to download, so be patient. If you are not able to play the videos in the presentation, links to the videos contained in the presentation are also posted for your convenience.

To learn more about the "Spirit of MI" click on the link below.

Also, don't miss the link to multiple MI Webinars and Videos also posted below.