Research has shown that the way to improve your MI practice is with regular feedback by submitting recordings of actual counseling sessions, either with consenting clients or colleagues or friends willing to be "the client." Trained coders use the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) tool to objectively measure the practitioner's use of MI, including measures of reflective listening, open questions and other MI adherent and non-adherent behaviors.
How does it work? Practitioners send in digital recordings after obtaining their client's informed consent. A 20-minute block of each recording is coded by MI-trained coders using the MITI. The practitioner receives an analysis sheet showing the MITI results and a feedback sheet with suggestions about one or two areas on which the practitioner might chose to focus for improvement of his/her MI practice. Phone consultation is available to review the MITI and practice skills development.
Demonstration of good MI skills is essential for efficacy of any research project using MI.
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