There are so many continuing education options out there for practitioners, and so little time for you to do them all. So, what does the research tell us about why we should bother learning AMI tools? Well, it is clear that MI is not a fad, and now that enough time has passed and enough studies have been conducted on the various approaches to MI, we can conclude that both clients and practitioners benefit greatly when applied systems of delivering MI are used.

For instance, for clients suffering with obesity, AMI has resulted consistently in long-term reductions in waist circumference and weight, along with increases in quality of life, functional health status, self-esteem, physical activity, and healthier dietary intake. Similar findings are also reported for AMI and smoking cessation – long term, the cessation rates far surpass conventional medical approaches (in some cases, more than double the rates)!  This is very exciting, and equally exciting is the impact AMI trainings have on health care providers. Recent studies have found AMI trianings to be associated with increased competence, confidence, and motivation to facilitate behaviour change conversations with clients, improved job satisfaction and overall enthusiasm for their provider roles, while at the same time reducing feelings of practitioner burn-out!

For more detailed information on some of this research, feel free to browse our Research page where you can view a variety of studies on both clients and practitioners. A few selected articles are linked below:

Newnham-Kanas, C., Irwin J.D., & Morrow, D. (2011). The utility of motivational interviewing using co-active life coaching skills on adults struggling with obesity. Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research & Practice, 4(2), 104-122.

Newnham-Kanas, C., Irwin J.D., Morrow, D., & Battram, D. (2011).The quantitative assessment of motivational interviewing using co-active life coaching skills as a treatment for adults struggling with obesity. International Coaching Psychology Review, 6(2), 211-225.

Mantler T, Irwin J.D. & Morrow D. (2010). Assessing Motivational Interviewing through Co-Active Life Coaching Tools as a Smoking Cessation Intervention: A Demonstration Study. International Journal of Evidence-Based Coaching and Mentoring, 8(2), 49-63.

Wiley, J., Morrow, D., & Irwin, J.D. (2011). The impact of a one-day applied training in motivational interviewing on health practitioners’ perceived competence, autonomy, efficacy, and attitudes to facilitate behavior change: A pilot study.Journal of Community Medicine & Health Education, 1(1), 101-105. doi:10.4172/jcmhe.1000101.