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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.