Motivational Interviewing

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Overall I found the experience uplifting and positive. I have some useful strategies to use in my work and believe I am better informed as to new language and concepts that are now part of motivational interviewing as it is used in the present.

– Corrections New Zealand Staff –


Supporting behaviour change has been at the core of our practice at HMA since we began. Having worked in some of the most challenging areas of practice we know that without building a stable working alliance and strong partnership with the people who we work with, then change can be limited. Motivation can be defined as the probability that a person will enter into, continue, and adhere to a specific change strategy. In terms of motivational interviewing, it is a key worker’s task to increase the amount of ‘change talk’ (talk favouring change) and softening the amount of ‘sustain talk’ (talk that supports the current behaviour).

We know that the cornerstones of motivation are:

From these perspectives it is not sensible for the key worker to blame a person for being unmotivated to change, any more than a sales person would blame a potential customer for being unmotivated to buy. Developing motivation is an intrinsic and central part of the key workers task in helping clients to live a good life.

Motivational interviewing is a particular way to help people recognise and do something about their current and/or potential problems. It is very useful with people who are reluctant to change or who are ambivalent about changing. It is intended to assist the person resolve ambivalence and to get them moving along a path of change.


Why is this important to us

Helping people have better lives is at the heart of most social change. A number of HMA staff and associates are members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers because we believe in the validity of the approach and also our own accountability to deliver any training with integrity. We know that people often are the best resource so evoking their own effective strategies to manage situations is much more effective in the long term around sustained change.


Our track record

HMA has successfully managed and/or contributed to a number of pieces of work for the organisations within New Zealand and Australia including: