Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Motivational Interviewing

  • Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centred counselling style that aims to address ambivalence to change while supporting the inherent worth and potential of an individual.
  • The underlying elements of MI are based on partnership, acceptance, compassion, and evocation, while placing the individual’s perspective at the centre of care.
  • Because MI is a collaborative, non-judgmental, and supportive approach, these skills can be incorporated into both brief and intensive tobacco interventions
  • Basic skills in providing MI include asking open-ended questions, providing affirmations of comments made by clients, listening carefully and reflecting on the discussion, summarizing the conversation, and providing information and advice with the client’s permission.
Addiction and Mental Health
Integrating Tobacco Interventions into Daily Practice
Background Information