Motivational Interviewing in Permanent Supportive Housing: The Role of Organizational Culture

Carissa van den Berk-Clark, David A. Patterson Silver Wolf, Alex Ramsey

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This study evaluated motivational interviewing (MI) in a permanent supportive housing agency. The agency’s contradictory social service and business missions resulted in an incompatible organizational culture theorized to diminish MI’s effectiveness. A combination of observational, interview, and archival data collected over 3 years were used to examine MI implementation within an incompatible supportive housing agency. Two major themes arose: how MI is used to categorize and change clients in permanent supportive housing and how worker–worker relationships affect MI implementation. The results suggest that within incompatible organizational environments, key elements of effective MI implementation are greatly weakened.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)439-448
Number of pages10
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 4 2015


  • Homeless
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Organizational culture
  • Substance use


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