Examining How Motivational Interviewing May Foster College Student Development

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  • Melanie M. Iarussi

    1. Office of Counseling Services, Old Dominion University.
    2. Now at the Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, Auburn University.
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concerning this article should be addressed to Melanie M. Iarussi, Department of Special Education, Rehabilitation and Counseling, Auburn University, 2084 Haley Center, Auburn, AL 36849 (e-mail: miarussi@auburn.edu).

Abstract

Professional counselors practicing in higher education settings aspire to meet the developmental needs of college students in addition to addressing their mental health and substance use concerns. Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based counseling approach that focuses on enhancing motivation and commitment to change. This article describes how professional counselors working in higher education settings might apply MI to foster college student development while helping students make positive behavior changes.

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