Functional Imagery Training (FIT) is a novel therapeutic intervention to build motivation and help individuals achieve their goals. It is a person-centred intervention, which uses the spirit of MI to deliver sessions. However, while MI explores change through verbal means, FIT makes use of multisensory imagery to explore these changes. This imagery tool, which participants learn, is what allows motivation to stay high throughout the process of achieving pre-set goals. The FIT app, Goal in Mind, helps individuals to monitor and practice their goal imagery.
FIT is the result of an international collaboration between researchers in Australia and the UK. It was developed by Professor David Kavanagh at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and Professors Jackie Andrade and Jon May at the University of Plymouth. It is an application of their Elaborated Intrusion theory of motivation and of Motivational Interviewing by William Miller and Stephen Rollnick.
Linda Solbrig developed FIT for weight-loss/weight management and physical inactivity.
Jon Rhodes developed FIT for enhancing grit in professional athletes.
Leonie Cooper is developing the delivery of FIT by social robots
Karol Nedza is evaluating FIT for adherence to physiotherapy regimes
Despina Djama is evaluating FIT for workplace resilience
Kathryn Brindle is developing virtual reality FIT therapy
Tracey Parkin is using FIT in her research in the School of Health Professions