Faculty Articles

Title

Motivational Interviewing Training in Correctional Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2016

Keywords

correctional education, criminal motive, criminals, motivation, prisoners, prisons, professional training, questionnaires, substance abuse

Publication Title

Journal of Correctional Education

Volume

67

Issue/No.

1

Abstract

The National Institute of Corrections (2012) and the U.S. Department of Education (2012) have encouraged the implementation of motivational interviewing (MI) into services provided by correctional professionals, including reentry education. This study investigated the impact of a 21-hour MI training program on correctional education professionals’ knowledge and skills in MI. Results demonstrated that the training was effective in increasing participants’ knowledge about MI; their self-efficacy in enhancing students’ motivation to engage in healthy, prosocial behaviors; and their ability to demonstrate MI-consistent skills. Implications for MI training within correctional education are discussed as well as suggestions for MI implementation and research.

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