Motivational Interviewing Suite

Motivational Interviewing has been demonstrated to be an effective tool in promoting relationships and behavior change.  These principles and strategies can be used to enhance relationships and help staff feel more confident when addressing challenging issues.

These short videos provide examples of how to use Motivational Interviewing strategies in everyday conversations between Head Start and Early Head Start staff and families. In the first video, watch as a parent and a teacher talk about a child's challenging behavior in the classroom. The second video shows a home visitor talking to a parent about a positive depression screening. Staff can use these videos to identify skills to enhance their relationships with families. Use the Viewer's Guide to note the Motivational Interviewing skills and strategies you observe in the videos.

Watch the accompanying debriefs to see how the strategies impact how the participants think and feel. Use the related materials to deepen your knowledge.

Motivational Interviewing: Consulting

A Head Start teacher, Ms. Jefferson, is meeting with a parent, Mary, in a Head Start office where her 4-year-old son Joe attends. Previous conversations have included discussions about Joe's strengths as well as some concerns about his behavior in the classroom. The following conversation takes place after Ms. Jefferson has invited Mary to come to provide her perspective on how things are going for Joe in the program.

Motivational Interviewing: Home Visit

A home visitor, Sarah, is meeting with Tammy, a mom. Tammy and her youngest child, Amalia, are enrolled in the Early Head Start (EHS) home visiting program in their community. This EHS program offers a depression screening for all the mothers and fathers in the program, which Tammy completed last week. At today's home visit, Sarah and Tammy have planned to discuss the results.

Debrief Videos: Consulting

These video clips, less than 30 seconds each, show staff and family reflections on their conversations. Mary, a parent, and Ms. Jefferson, a teacher, are asked questions about the impact of this type of conversation on their relationship with each other. Watch these clips to see reflection in action and to understand how using specific Motivational Interviewing strategies can help to deepen your relationships with families. These debriefs are listed by theme.

Debrief Videos: Home Visit

These video clips, less than 30 seconds each, show staff and family reflections on their conversations. Home Visitor Sarah and Tammy, a parent, are asked questions about the impact of this type of conversation on their relationship with each other. Watch these clips to see reflection in action and to understand how using specific Motivational Interviewing strategies can help to deepen your relationships with families. These debriefs are listed by theme.

Conversation Excerpts

The following excerpts are short video clips that highlight specific strategies and elements of Motivational Interviewing. Use the Viewer's Guide to read about these strategies. Watch the excerpts to see examples of Motivational Interviewing strategies and processes in action. Each clip is labeled with the strategy it is illustrating. These clips can be downloaded for use in trainings or in small group discussions.

Related Materials

Motivational Interviewing Suite. HHS/ACF/OHS/NCECHW. 2016. English.

Last Reviewed: March 2017

Last Updated: March 7, 2017