VISTAS Effective Counseling Interventions, Tools, and Techniques

VISTAS Online is an innovative publication produced for ACA by Dr. Garry R. Walz and Dr. Jeanne C. Bleuer of Counseling Outfitters, LLC. Its purpose is to provide a means of capturing the ideas, information and experiences generated by the annual ACA Conference and selected ACA Division Conferences. Papers on a program or practice that has been validated through research or experience may also be submitted. This digital collection of peer-reviewed articles is authored by counselors, for counselors. VISTAS Online contains the full text of over 900 proprietary counseling articles published from 2004 to 2017.

Pilot Study - The Impact of a Brief Motivational Interviewing Training on a Measure of Participants’ Empathy

Jane Warren and Jennifer Weatherford


Research demonstrates that training can impact a counselor’s ability to adapt their response style in accordance with each client’s experience. Because Motivational Interviewing (MI) training supports empathy development, it seems reasonable to assume that a MI training experience might result in an increased level of empathy in the participants. Consequently, this pilot study was designed to investigate whether a brief MI training might impact participants’ measured empathy levels. First, we briefly provide an overview of empathy and MI. Then, we describe our study in which we compared preand post-MI training participants’ measured empathy levels.

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