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Motivation and Readiness -> Resources


Substance Abuse Treatment

TIPSubstance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) Series:
Tip 35: Enhancing Motivation for Change in Substance Abuse Treatment:  This comprehensive resource offers guidelines to help clinicians influence change in their clients by incorporating motivational interventions into substance abuse treatment programs.



Smoking Cessation

Five Major Steps to Intervention (The “5 A’s”).  This Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) tool describes five major steps to intervene with smokers. They are the 5 A’s: Ask, Advise, Assess, Assist, and Arrange.

Weight Management and Healthy Eating

Hoetzel, K., von Brachel, R., Schlossmacher, L., & Vocks, S. (2013). Assessing motivation to change in eating disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Eating Disorders, 1, 38.  This article reviews existing instruments assessing motivation for change in people with eating disorders.

Ceccarini, M., Borrello, M., Pietrabissa, G., Manzoni, G. M., & Castelnuovo, G. (2015). Assessing motivation and readiness to change for weight management and control: an in-depth evaluation of three sets of instruments. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 511.  This paper examines three tools based on the Transtheoretical Model relating to weight management.

TED Talks – Big Picture: How We Change

FoggBJ Fogg breaks down behavior change into tiny habit changes for long-term health outcomes. BJ Fogg, “Forget Big Change. Start with a Tiny Habit.” December 2012.




SendilSendhil Mullainathan describes the “last mile” opportunity and the social science of how we change. Sendhil Mullainathan, “Solving Social Problems with a Nudge,” February 2010.



JeniJeni Cross talks about how common sense has a focus on the wrong things when we try to change behavior.  She uses environmental energy conservation, drinking on college campuses and other community campaigns to discuss how to create change.  Jeni Cross, “Three Myths of Behavior Change: What You Think You Know That You Don’t,” March 2013.




The Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), based in Virginia, hosts a web site with  resources for those seeking information on Motivational Interviewing. MINT is committed to promoting high-quality MI practice and training.