Association for Behavior Analysis International

The Association for Behavior Analysis International® (ABAI) is a nonprofit membership organization with the mission to contribute to the well-being of society by developing, enhancing, and supporting the growth and vitality of the science of behavior analysis through research, education, and practice.


49th Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2023

Event Details

Previous Page


Invited Paper Session #22
CE Offered: BACB
Motivational Interviewing – Some Whats, Whys, and Hows for Behavior Analysts
Saturday, May 27, 2023
11:00 AM–11:50 AM
Hyatt Regency, Capitol Ballroom 1-3
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Vivian F Ibanez (University of Florida)
CE Instructor: Carolynn S. Kohn, Ph.D.
Presenting Author: CAROLYNN S. KOHN (University of the Pacific)

Motivational Interviewing (MI) has been used by clinical psychologists, social workers, licensed therapists, and others in the helping professions for many years. More recently, some behavior analysts have started using this strategy in their research and MI workshops have been offered to behavior analysts, although behavior analysts rarely receive the requisite training other types of licensed professionals receive prior to becoming licensed. The purpose of this talk is to (1) introduce the audience to the basic components of MI, (2) discuss behavioral principles that are compatible with MI strategies and that help us understand why and how MI might be effectively used, and (3) identify settings, populations, and conditions, with examples, under which MI might be ethically and effectively used by behavior analysts.

Instruction Level: Basic
Target Audience:

Graduate students, BCBAs, and BCBA-Ds

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) describe the basic components of Motivational Interviewing (MI); (2) identify behavioral principles compatible with MI strategies and which help us understand the mechanisms by which MI might be effective; (3) identify settings, populations, and conditions under which MI might be ethically and effectively used.
CAROLYNN S. KOHN (University of the Pacific)
Carolynn S. Kohn is a tenured Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA), a licensed clinical psychologist, and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA-D). She is currently serving on the editorial board for Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice. Her research interests include the application of single case design and repeated measures methodology to areas of importance to behavioral psychology which are typically examined with group designs and aggregate data, including self-report, alcohol consumption, infant behavior, and most recently, ethical decision-making models.



Back to Top
Modifed by Eddie Soh