How to construct a scaling question in Motivational Interviewing

Scaling questions are used in Motivational interviewing (MI), a counseling approach that helps a client to become more internally motivated to make a change. It MI is commonly associated with addiction treatment, but is also useful in motivating medical patients to adhere to medication, exercise, and other behavioral treatment plans. MI scaling questions elicit response that leads the client to developing their own evidence for making a change. The formulation of the questions and use of the scale is sometimes challenging for counselors-in-training, who have use scaling questions in the traditional way. This solution clarifies the process.

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