Welcome to MITRIP
Motivational Interviewing: Training, Research, Implementation, Practice
to serve as a vehicle for distributing conceptual articles, international updates, and distilled summaries of some of the topics discussed on the listserv. In 2005 the publication was renamed MINT Bulletin, in recognition of its evolution from newsletter to venue where readers could find new ideas and conceptual frameworks, accounts of training experiences and novel training exercises, descriptions of current trends in MI research and work in progress, and advances and struggles in MI practice,
... les in MI practice, all put forth in a spirit of "dialogue without diatribe, critique without competition." By 2009 it had become apparent that the publication was ready for its next leap forward and a working group of MINT members was convened to consider the Bulletin of the future. That working group evolved into the editorial board of a new journal, which would expand its pool of authors from members of MINT to all who wished to contribute while maintaining a spirit of openness, informality, and shared respect for the MI community and for the counseling approach that brings us together. In February, 2010, the final issue of the Bulletin announced our arrangement with the University Library System of the University of Pittsburgh to publish an open access journal online, introduced the editorial board, and predicted that the first issue would "go live" later that year. As so often happens in the glow of enthusiasm at the launch of a new endeavor, we significantly underestimated the complexity of the task we were undertaking and the time it would require us to complete it. Nonetheless, two years after our first public announcement, we hold to our mission of providing an outlet for articles of interest to the worldwide community of practioners, trainers, and researchers of motivational interviewing, as well as a virtual space where members of MINT can communicate with each other (and the wider world) about their experiences related to the ongoing development and dissemination of MI. Motivational interviewing is a living, dynamically evolving approach to counseling, whose ongoing development is a product not only of the relentless innovation of its founders, William R. Miller, PhD, and Stephen Rollnick, PhD, but also of the creativity in training, research, implementation, and practice of thousands MI aficionados in dozens of countries and languages. We welcome your comments and contributions and hope you will find our journal a reflection of that open and creative spirit that characterizes MI as well as those who are drawn to it. Abstract How is motivational interviewing (MI) related to psychotherapy more generally? In its original formulation MI was intended to address the specific problem of ambivalence about change. It was not designed as a comprehensive psychotherapy or model of change. Subsequent clinical experience, however, suggests ways in which the spirit and method of MI may be useful throughout processes of change. Implications for a volitional psychotherapy are considered, with additional discussion of clinical applications of decisional balance.