Bibliography of articles related to MI in Schools

Ashouri, M., Zolghadri, P., Nehmati, M., Alizadeh, S., & Issazadegan, A. (2015). The Effectiveness of Motivational Interview on Enhancing Self-efficacy and Improving Self-concept in Underdeveloped Students. American Journal of Educational Research, 3(7), 923-928.

Atkinson, C., & Woods, K. (2003). Motivational interviewing strategies for disaffected secondary school students: a case example. Educational Psychology in Practice, 19, 49-64.

Cryer, S & Atkinson, C.(2014). “Exploring the use of Motivational Interviewing with a disengaged primary-aged child.” Educational Psychology in Practice.

Cryer, S. (2013). Exploration of the use of Motivational Interviewing with disengaged primary aged children; the University of Manchester.

Hadraba, H. D. (2011). The use of motivational interviewing within school counseling programs for academically unmotivated eighth grade students.

Snape, L., & Atkinson, C. (2016). The evidence for student-focused motivational interviewing in educational settings: a review of the literature. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 1-21.

Snape, L. & Atkinson, C. (2015). “Exploring and challenging pupil disaffection: an evaluation of a motivational interviewing-based intervention delivered by paraprofessionals.” Pastoral Care in Education 33, no. 2: 69-82.

Strait, G. G., McQuillin, S., Terry, J., & Smith, B. H. (2014). School-based motivational interviewing with students, teachers, and parents: New developments and future direction. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 7, 205-207.

Strait, G. G., Smith, B. H., McQuillin, S., Terry, J., Swan, S., & Malone, P. S. (2012). A Randomized Trial of Motivational Interviewing to Improve Middle School Students’ Academic Performance. Journal of Community Psychology, 40, 1032-1039.

Terry, J., Smith, B., Strait, G., & McQuillin, S. (2013). Motivational Interviewing to improve middle school students’ academic performance: A replication study. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 902-909.


Hello educators!

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is coming to schools and colleges and you are at the forefront. This website is under construction.

Once complete it is intended to be an international resource to educators and will have resources to help teachers, administrators and other staff working with students learn MI, adding one more tool to your toolbox for making your interaction with students one that helps them be more intrinsically motivated to change in positive ways. It is an evidence-based, strength-based approach that students appreciate because it honors their autonomy.

If you are interested in learning more about Motivational Interviewing and its applications in schools, are wondering how to get started, or want to be notified when the book from Guilford Press ( called Motivational Interviewing in School, Conversations to Improve Behavior and Learning by Stephen Rollnick, Richard Rutschman and Sebastian G. Kaplan (9/16 publication date), check this website in May, 2016 or contact one of the authors. If you have questions or need help implementing MI in your educational institution, need information about training for yourself or your staff in MI, feel free to contact us by looking us up at Email inquiries: or

Check this site in May, 2016 for a complete resource and sharing platform from student-centered educational innovators implementing MI around the world. You may want to add your story.