The RRTC-EBP VR provided technical assistance and training to Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Services related to the provision of motivational interviewing (MI) intervention services to DVR consumers. The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of MI training on perceived counselor competencies in the areas of self-efficacy, benefits, barriers, stages of change/action, and working alliance. Ratings were analyzed between beginner, intermediate, and advanced training groups.
Both the intermediate and advanced training groups had ratings higher than the beginner groups in perceived efficacy, perceived benefits, and stages of change/action. They also scored lower on perceived barriers than the beginner group. However, all training level groups score similarly in their self-reported working alliance ratings, suggesting receiving MI training at any level would lead to relatively high levels of working alliance.