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Motivational Interviewing in the Reciprocal Engagement Model of Genetic Counseling: a Method Overview and Case Illustration


Motivational Interviewing is a well-described counseling method that has been applied to a broad range of health behavior encounters. Genetic counseling is an emerging area of utilization for the method of Motivational Interviewing. The relational and technical elements of the MI method are described within the context of genetic counseling encounters. Case excerpts will be used to illustrate incorporation of MI methods into the Reciprocal Engagement Model of the genetic counseling encounter.

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Sincerest gratitude to Kriss Haren, MA RHC III, Claire Davis, MS CGC, and Daniela Iacoboni, MS CGC for their reviews and edits on the manuscript.

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Ash, E. Motivational Interviewing in the Reciprocal Engagement Model of Genetic Counseling: a Method Overview and Case Illustration. J Genet Counsel 26, 300–311 (2017).

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