Stephen Rollnick provides consultancy and training on the subjects of motivation, change and motivational interviewing. He is a former Professor of Healthcare Communication at Cardiff University, with a research focus on good practice in efforts to promote change and behaviour change among patients, clients and the practitioners who serve them. He is a clinical psychologist with many years of experience in service provision and in the training of practitioners. This work, much of it on motivational interviewing (MI), has taken him into diverse cultures and settings. He has now retired to focus on training, writing and consultancy.
Stephen is a co-founder of motivational interviewing. His current work includes support to programmes for pregnant teens, children with HIV-AIDS in Africa and medication adherence in different areas. He is a co-founder of PATA (Paediatric Aids Treatment for Africa) and the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), an international network for trainers. He is a supporter of the MI 1% Fund which aims to donate a small percent of your income directly into efforts to help one of the most vulnerable and unjustly treated group of people on earth: children who are dying of HIV/AIDS and TB.
He is the co-author of Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change (Miller and Rollnick, 1991; 2001 & 2012), Health Behaviour Change: A Guide for Practitioners (Rollnick, Mason & Butler, 1999) and Motivational Interviewing in Health Care (Rollnick, Miller & Butler, 2008).
Here’s a definition of Motivational Interviewing: .. a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change. William R Miller, PhD, Stephen Rollnick, PhD. Guilford Press, Sep 2012.)
Professor Rollnick explains the background and current status of motivational interviewing in this recent presentation at the Scottish Winter School of MI, 2012.