Motivational Interviewing Training Outcomes Among Providers in a Children’s Hospital

Elizabeth C. Victor, Ana F. El-Behadli, Wade C. McDonald, Chelsea D. Pratt, Melissa A. Faith

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Motivational interviewing (MI) has proven a well-established psychotherapeutic intervention designed to enhance motivation for behavior change. While the benefits of MI have been established, little research has systematically evaluated dissemination of MI efforts to healthcare providers, especially among pediatric providers. The present pilot study evaluated whether healthcare providers gained valuable knowledge, confidence and desire to utilize MI, and skills in MI techniques and if these outcomes varied based on provider characteristics or duration and intensity of MI training. Twenty pediatric healthcare professionals in a large academic pediatric hospital completed an advanced 20-h MI training and 103 pediatric healthcare professionals completed a basic 4-h MI workshop. The study demonstrated no significant differences in post-workshop MI knowledge, confidence, or desire based on trainee demographics. We also found no significant change from post-basic workshop to post-advanced workshop for advanced MI trainees. However, the advanced training workshop participants evidenced significant growth in utilizing MI skills (via MITI coding) and self-reported confidence in using MI skills. We therefore conclude that while the basic workshop allows participants to gain valuable MI knowledge and confidence and desire to utilize MI, it is through the advanced training that providers have the opportunity to practice these skills, receive feedback, and ultimately gain the expertise necessary to be effective MI providers. Overall, results from this pilot study suggest MI training in pediatric hospitals represents an important area of opportunity for multidisciplinary training, dissemination, and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)364-371
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 15 2019


  • Dissemination
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Pediatric psychology
  • Provider education
  • Provider training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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