Motivational interviewing is practice drawn from social work and used by Parkville College teachers and staff. Which focuses on facilitating change in behaviour. The method concentrates on the importance of motivation and resistance, by the means of four guiding principles: teaching students to resist temptation, understanding their personal motivations, listening with empathy, and empowering them. By helping students to reflect on their personal motivations, they are better able to understand the consequences of their actions.
Motivational interviewing is a non-confrontational, non-judgmental and non-adversarial style of education, requiring warmth, genuine empathy and acceptance to be successful. At Parkville College, motivational interviewing allows students to envision a positive future, by inviting the desire and motivation to change their current position in life.