MI Resources

At one time, there were few MI resources. There is now a growing number of resources which can make sorting through them time-consuming. To save you time, I've selected the ones I think are most useful and practical.

Adapting MI for Cognitive Difficulties

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This document includes ideas from a variety of sources to adapt MI for cognitive difficulties, which can include FASD, severe mental illness, acquired brain injuries, etc. It is not meant to be a formal literature review, nor is it complete. It's a start to gather research, ideas and knowledge in one place. In this way, it's the first draft of a “living document” that will be updated when new ideas emerge.


Kerr Creative’s Rulers

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The rulers nicely formatted and with the supporting questions (so you don’t forget to ask them!). There is also room for clients to write out their answers.

Strengths Chart

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This is Kerr Creative’s version of a strengths tool and was compiled from many strengths lists we’ve seen over the years. You can have clients circle or highlight their strengths. They can cut up the sheet into mini-cards and sort them into their “top 5” or “Top 10.” Get creative!

Qualities of Successful Changers

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This is Bill Miller's list of characteristics of successful changers that we used in class. This is a plain version ready for use with clients.

Personal Values Card Sort

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A set of 50 values cards formatted to business card stock. Developed by Bill Miller, it is a great tool for using individually or in groups. This download includes the instructions for use and a form to record the person's top values.

Values Card Sort for Individuals with Schizophrenia

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A set of 87 values and goals cards adapted for use for people with cognitive difficulties. The language on the cards is simpler and more concrete. The cards can be adapted for use with people who don't have schizophrenia.

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Manuals and workbooks

Native American Motivational Interviewing: Weaving Native American and Western Practices

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A manual for using MI with Native Americans for substance abuse (you can adapt the materials for other target behaviours). It has some great exercises you can do to sharpen your skills. The link will take you to a web page where you can give some information about how you'll use the manual. This is optional, but will help the authors, the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions(CASAA). You can then download the pdf for free.

Motivating Offenders to Change: A Guide for Probation and Parole

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Although written for correctional settings, this manual has lots of practical information you can adapt to your own setting.

Motivational Interviewing Assessment: Supervisory Tools for Enhancing Proficiency (MIA-STEP)

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A practical manual to guide mentors and supervisors developed as part of NIDA’s (the US National Institute on Drug Abuse) Clinical Trials Network. The goal is to enable practitioners to become proficient in MI by giving structured, focused and effective clinical supervision.

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The home of the MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) organization. One of the best sources on the web for MI information. Extensive resource information and links.


Bill's website is a treasure-trove of writing. Being a writer myself, I always enjoy Bill's writing (in addition to being an MI-inventor, he's also a great writer!). There's a terrific summary of Bill's MI research by topic area (a great way to get an overview of MI's history and findings). He shares his creative writing, again organized by topics. Links for Bill's books, videos, trainings, etc. complete the offerings.


Stephen's website has his blog (always good reading), a few videos and a link to a project Stephen is very involved with: the MI 1% Fund which helps children in Africa who have HIV/AIDS and TB.


The Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addiction at the University of New Mexico. Has manuals and other information on MI, particularly those used in the research studies.

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Coding and transcripts

Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) Code 4.2

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The MITI is a one-pass behavioral coding system designed to measure treatment fidelity for motivational interviewing. It is used for clinician training and coaching and as a quality check in clinical trials.

Rounder transcript - uncoded

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The uncoded transcript for the video with the lively fellow who got caught for impaired driving and is not happy about it.

Rounder transcript - coded

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The coded transcript (using MITI 4.2) for the video with the lively fellow who got caught for impaired driving and is not happy about it.

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Miller, William and Rollnick, Stephen. 2012. Motivational Interviewing, Third Edition: Helping People Change. New York: Guilford.

  • This is THE book – MI in depth and detail (the most recent MI info in writing). MI has changed substantially with this new edition, so much MI information on the web and in older books/articles is now out of date.

Rollnick, Stephen; Miller, William and Butler, Chris. 2007. Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior. New York: Guilford.

  • The book describing the adaptation of MI to health behavior change in hospital and community settings.

Arkowitz, H., Miller, William, & Rollnick, S. (Eds). 2015. Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Psychological Problems, Second Edition. New York: Guilford Press.

  • A collection of articles about the application of MI in mental health practice. The new edition was released in July 2015.
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