Compassion: The new component of Motivational Interviewing (MI) spirit

With the arrival of the latest edition of their book, authors William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick have added compassion, an inherent forth component of Motivational Interviewing (MI), to the original three constituents of this counseling approach of collaboration, evocation and autonomy.

Compassion highlights the essence upon which MI is based. We believe that is it one of the qualities that drives health care professional to choose their professions –it is our desire to help others that motivates us to pursue a career within this field. It is compassion that allows us to prioritize the well-being and needs of our clients.

The addition of compassion to the practice of MI sends a clear message: to conserve and continuously develop compassion is of the utmost importance. This serves as a reminder that our attitude, as health care professionals, can unquestionably help motivate our clients to make positive life changes and adopt behaviors that favor healthy lifestyle.

Miller, W. R., et Rollnick, S. (2012). Motivational interviewing: Helping people change (3e édition). New York, NY : Guilford Publications, Inc.
Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (2013). L’Entretien motivationnel : aider la personne à engager le changement 2e éd. Paris: Intereditions.