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Home Visiting Rating Scale (HOVRS) and Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Theory to Action is partnering with Lori Roggman, PhD, Gina Cook, PhD, and Mark Innocenti, PhD, authors of the Home Visiting Rating Scale (HOVRS), to develop concepts relating to the intersection of the HOVRS and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

We are exploring how the practices of Home Visitors within the HOVRS paradigm may be assisted by using MI concepts. Likely benefits of merging these two paradigms are:

  • An increase in Home Visitors’ HOVRS scores

  • An increase in Home Visitors’ Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) scores

  • Assistance with certain challenges often faced by Home Visitors, such as parental engagement in practicing parenting skills outside of home visits. 



Zero to Three Conference 2021: 27 October, Washington, DC 

Parent Possible Conference 2023: 26 - 27 April, Denver, Colorado

Head Start California Managers and Directors Institute 2023: 16 - 18 May, Sacramento, CA

World Congress for the World Association for Infant Mental Health 2023: 15 - 19 July, Dublin, Ireland

Bernalillo County Home Visiting Summit 2023: 8 - 9 September, Albuquerque, NM

Head Start Annual Conference 2024: 26 - 27 February, Long Beach, CA

Parent Possible Home Visiting Conference 2024: 11 - 12 April, Denver, CO

Head Start California Managers & Directors Institute 2024: May 14 - 16, Sacramento, CA

These presentations focus on the unique combination of using elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI) to enhance the experience of Home Visitors and parents, as well as increase positive Home Visitor practices as measured by the Home Visit Rating Scales (HOVRS). MI is an approach that can assist with increasing home visit engagement and commitment around common home visiting issues focused on parent and child well-being outcomes. MI works by leveraging language using specific types of speech to engage and evoke parent commitment to make behavior changes which build on family strengths. MI used collaboratively with the HOVRS can contribute to accomplishing the goals of a home visitor-parent interaction while maintaining a strengths-based approach and better engaging families in the process.

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