What is the MINT?
The Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) is an international organization of MI trainers from many different backgrounds, who apply MI across a wide range of settings. The central mission of MINT is to improve the understanding, effectiveness, and quality of counseling around behavior change. The organization was started in 1997 by a small group of trainers trained by William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick. Today the organization includes trainers from 35 countries. MINT members often share resources, articles, ideas, training exercises, and other information relevant to practicing and helping others learn MI.
Does being in MINT mean you are certified in MI?
No. Membership in MINT is in no way meant to suggest that a practitioner is "certified" or "approved" by MINT. Currently, certification in MI does not exist, although there are rating measures of MI competency (e.g., MITI; Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity tool). MINT also makes it clear that the MINT affiliation should not be exploited or used for commercial and/or personal gain.
The pathway to membership requires that trainers:
1) apply formally and demonstrate a current ability to practice MI
2) complete a training workshop that is either sponsored or endorsed by MINT (TNT - Training of New Trainers)
What values does MINT promote?
Quality - Excellence, reliability, ehtics, integrity, professionalism, responsiveness to emerging evidence
Openness - Evolving, emergent, open-minded, innovative, flexible, expanding the boundaries, growth, humility, curiousity, self-critical
Generosity - Non-possessiveness, sharing, acknowledgment, collaboration, cooperation, giving more than you receive
Respect - Valuing of individual and professional diversity, internationality, kindness, listening, communication, egalitarianism