The OARS basic techniques

The OARS basic techniques of Motivational Interviewing:

  • Open questions
  • Affirmations
  • Reflections (simple or complex)
  • Summaries

a complex reflection: “The positive interactions with your wife also gave you energy, that helped you cope with the stressors in other places in your life.”

Section 1: Health behaviors and motivation to change > Basic tools of MI
Behavioral Medicine: A Key to Better Health
Karolinska Institutet. November 2016


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