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Abstract Details for Motivational Interviewing for People with Developmental Disabilities

This technique was originally created for mental health therapists in the addiction treatment field, but it is now used for a variety of physical and mental health issues.Though MI has been traditionally done by mental health professionals, it can be a helpful tool for helping professionals in various fields that have conversations with clients about change. For people with developmental disabilities (DD), MI can be used by direct service providers, health care workers and/or therapists to help them make positive changes in their lives and increase their motivation to participate in the physical and mental health treatments they need The processes of MI include engaging, focusing, evoking and planning. These processes can be successfully adapted for people with DD as needed.