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Motivational Interviewing in DVR

The Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) uses Motivational Interviewing (MI) as a cornerstone of being an effective, customer-focused agency.

There has been growing interest in using Evidence-Based Practice (EBP), such as Motivational Interviewing, within vocational rehabilitation services. The positive outcomes from the use of EBPs in other human service fields has caught the attention of vocational rehabilitation and suggests that efforts to increase the use of research-based approaches enhance the provision of vocational rehabilitation services.

DVR’s intent is to facilitate an ongoing cultural shift where VR staff consciously and strategically function from a customer-centered, strength-based approach that will better support customer and successful outcomes.

The overall project focus is to provide training and supervision for staff to become competent in MI skills and strategies, and to assist in improving VR processes in order to achieve positive outcomes associated with evidence-based practice.

For more information about Motivational Interviewing at DVR contact Don Kay