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Abstract Details for Is Motivational Interviewing a Part of Your Rehabilitation Counseling Practice?

This article discusses current and potential uses for motivational interviewing in rehabilitation counseling. Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based practice that addresses consumer motivation, reluctance, and barriers to change. Motivational interviewing and rehabilitation counseling are both based on the assumption that ambivalence, or difficulty making decisions, is normal and can be resolved through a shared and supportive counseling process. Counselors and consumers work together to help the consumer identify their own hopes and strengths, and to decide what they want for themselves. Together, the counselor and consumer set achievable goals and cultivate the consumer’s self-reliance and independence. The counseling process builds consumers’ confidence by providing them with information and supporting them to develop problem-solving and decision-making skills. This research highlights that: - Both motivational interviewing and rehabilitation counseling focus on consumer self-determination through decision-making, goal setting, and achievement. - Motivational interviewing is a useful and efficient counseling approach to help clients build confidence and self-sufficiency. - Consumer success in dealing with health and disability issues requires strong motivation. - Perceived consumer value of services, chances of a successful outcome, and the odds of overcoming barriers contribute to motivation.