Motivational Interviewing Fidelity

Fidelity means that you can actually do motivational interviewing in practice. Fidelity has been an important element in the history of MI.  Many think they are practicing MI when in actuality they really are not. Even some researchers have conducted interventions that have been labeled as MI but technically were something else.  Research seems to indicate that individuals should obtain some form of ongoing fidelity measurement and coaching for MI skills to be adequately learned and retained, but that being overly rigid in MI application (e.g., the development of forms or manuals in the absence of having a MI conversation) can also be detrimental. Therefore, it is important for individuals seeking to learn MI to obtain some form of fidelity measurement and coaching while at the same time avoiding interventions that are based on MI but are overly manualized.  MITI Coding is one form of fideilty measurement.

MITI Coding

Coding is the term used for applying the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity Code (MITI 4.2.1) to an audio recording of a worker/client interaction. Coding will assist you in identifying your personal strengths and and areas for improvement and give you the tools and resources needed to continue moving forward in Motivational Interviewing. We will code your recording using the latest MITI Coding Manual giving you an objective measure of your adherence to the Motivational Interviewing principles. It has been recommended that people who are learning Motivational Interviewing participate in the practice of coding.

Simply record a session with a client/patient (or a real/role play with a friend or co-worker) and send it in to be coded. We will listen to a 20 minute segment and email you a narrative summary. We will listen to your work with kindness and and provide specific feedback and examples about how you are using the principles and practices of Motivational Interviewing and where and how you may look to improve. The results are remarkable; and we will be here to coach you every step along the way.