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Community Program Therapist Adherence and Competence in a Motivational Interviewing Assessment Intake Session.

American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse 2010;36(6):342-349. [doi: 10.3109/00952990.2010.500437]

Carly J. Gibbons, PhD, Kathleen M. Carroll, PhD, Samuel A. Ball, PhD, Charla Nich, Tami L. Frankforter, Steve Martino, PhD (all from Yale University School of Medicine, NE Node).

Teaching community program therapists to use motivational interviewing (MI) strategies for addictions treatment with sufficient frequency (i.e., adherence) and skill (i.e., competence) is a priority and challenge for the field. The development of psychometrically valid MI integrity measures that can be used for supervision and evaluation and be both sensitive and robust across clinical situations is needed. This article examines the performance of the Independent Tape Rating Scale (ITRS) when used within a National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN) protocol (CTN-0005) that incorporated MI into a one-session assessment intake, and compares the effectiveness of an MI assessment to a counseling-as-usual intake. Results indicate that community therapists were successfully trained and supervised to use MI within an assessment intake session, with MI adherence and competence that was discriminable from counseling-as-usual practices. Increased therapist MI adherence and competence was associated with increases in an index of client motivation for change, though unrelated to treatment outcome. The ITRS appears to be a valid instrument for measuring therapist MI adherence and competence within an assessment intake. (Article (Peer-Reviewed), PDF, English, 2010)

Keywords: Behavior therapy | CTN platform/ancillary study | Independent Tape Rating Scale (ITRS) | Motivational interviewing (MI) | Screening and assessment instruments | American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse (journal)

Document No: 666, PMID: 20942726, PMCID: PMC3083446.

Submitted by CTN Dissemination Librarians, 3/24/2011.

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