Motivational Interviewing Demonstration Videos

Motivational Interviewing Demonstration Videos

There’s an increasing demand for Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills and practices with Transition Age Youth (TAY). However, most Motivational Interviewing resources were created with and for practitioners in the adult serving world and with the adult client in mind. Using scenarios created in partnership with TAY, this video series demonstrates MI consistent conversations for talking with transition age youth. Cheryl Martin and Gwen Olton, both members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, role-play multiple TAY based scenarios with helpful MI skill prompts throughout the role-play.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing & Transition Age Youth

Demonstrations with Cheryl Martin & Gwen Olton


Motivational Interviewing Demonstration Videos: Jay

Jay is a 19-year-old young woman who lives at home with her parents and two younger siblings. She’s had treatment for mental health diagnoses since about 11 years old. Jay has several co-occurring disorders that require ongoing intervention, including epilepsy and Type I diabetes. As she’s gotten older, she’s wanted to take on more responsibility including managing her appointments, getting her own place to live, and going to college. Jay’s current therapist is exploring transitioning her to adult services that may better meet her needs. They have together found a new therapist that would be a good fit for Jay, but she is hesitant to begin the transition. Jay’s mom, Susan, is also ambivalent about the changes Jay is looking to make in her life.
Jay with Older Therapist                    VIEW VIDEO
Jay with Newer Therapist                  VIEW VIDEO
Jay's Mom with Older Therapist       VIEW VIDEO
Jay with Nurse and Using EPE         VIEW VIDEO


Motivational Interviewing Demonstration Video: Jeremy and Therapist

Jeremy is a 17-year-old young man living with a foster care family with three other foster children all younger than him. He is still in contact with his father, though their relationship is strained. His mother died when he was 2 years old. He has a history of depression, anxiety, and multiple suicide attempts beginning at age 10. He is in foster care against his will but is tolerating the situation until his 18th birthday. Jeremy is active in the community and helps peers who are struggling with mental health issues. He is looking forward to going to college for social work so he can continue to help folks struggling with mental health issues. Jeremy is ambivalent about continuing therapy when he leaves for college.


Motivational Interviewing Demonstration Video: Dani and Therapist

Dani is an 18-year-old high school student with a history of hospitalizations related to her bipolar disorder. She lives at home with her mom and one younger sister (13 years old). She and her mother have had a strained relationship since about the age of 15 and things have been increasingly strained with Dani preparing to move out and live on her own. Dani is not sure if she wants to go to college or work and her mother is adamant that she goes to college. This disagreement has been a recent point of contention for them.


Motivational Interviewing Demonstration Video: Kris and Therapist

Kris is a 20-year-old who lives at home with their mother and recently dropped out of the local community college. Kris was diagnosed with depression and anxiety around the age of 13 and saw a therapist intermittently during their teenage years but hasn’t been to one in the last 2 years. Kris is seeing a new therapist at the request of their mother who is concerned Kris dropped out because of the amount they were drinking and is worried Kris has an alcohol addiction. Kris is not sure drinking is the source of their struggles with school but is willing to meet and work with a new therapist.