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Practising Motivational Interviewing: The Edinburgh Interview 2022 is a resource for trainers and learners, developed around an authentic clinical assessment. This comprehensive case study enables a deep appreciation of the nature and application of MI.

Steven M. Berg-Smith

‘A classic example of MI in action.'

Theresa B. Moyers

Theresa B. Moyers PhD, Professor
Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico, USA
MI Researcher & Trainer

'Consummate use of MI.'

'Here you will find an example of a clinician who knows how to engage her patient with humour and compassion, roll with his ‘resistance’ (overt and subtle), avoid power struggles and lectures, and gently point out the discrepancies between her patient’s love of his children and his ‘love’ of alcohol. You will hear consummate use of Motivational Interviewing that seems effortless on the surface but reveals a thoughtful and wise use of every one of the fundamental competencies of this approach.

Listen for examples of each kind of reflection described in the MI texts – they are all here. See if you can find a confrontation that is incompatible with MI practice but drenched in its ‘spirit’. Listen along as the nurse practitioner responds with humour and warmth to her patient’s flirtations, without losing her focus on his drinking dilemma. To truly appreciate the impact of her clinical approach, just imagine how this conversation might have been different if she had been invested in giving information or evoking the maximal amount of change in the time available with this patient.'

Stephen Rollnick

Stephen Rollnick PhD, Honorary Distinguished Professor
School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Wales
Co-founder of MI

'The Edinburgh Interview has it all.'

'An intoxicated and defiant patient is easy prey for prejudice, moral indignation, or well-intended efforts to persuade him out of his dilemma. Motivational Interviewing provides a different approach to the challenge of patient behaviour change. A lot has been said and written about it, but it’s hard to get closer than this fine example of a real-life appointment.

The Edinburgh Interview, as Prof. Moyers says, has it all. It’s the finest I’ve come across. These materials should become a standard learning tool for any practitioner, trainer or group of learners wishing to understand, use or study MI.

I highly recommend this example of a courageous patient, a highly skilled nurse practitioner, and behind them, a truly talented trainer/coach in Jeff Allison.'

Hiroaki Harai

Hiroaki Harai, MD, Director, Harai Clinic,
CEO, Harai Consulting & Training Inc., Tokyo, Japan


'The Edinburgh Interview … shines above all.'

‘Peter, the client, honestly affirms Sue, the nurse; “You’re nice when you smile.” This said all. There are now hundreds of digital resources to study and learn MI, and you may think the newer is better. EI was first produced in 2006, one of the oldest, but it still shines above all.

Seasoned MINT members remember EI and recommend it to learners. The reasons are not the comments by MI experts – which are, of course, great – but its authenticity; the real conversation between an aged alcoholic and a young nurse practitioner. And we know how Peter and Sue lived their lives since. These names are real too.

Beware, it is so natural that you hear coughing, sirens of an ambulance, and strong local accents.’

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