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Motivational Interviewing, Second Edition: Preparing People for Change 2nd Edition

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"Miller and Rollnick have initiated an interdisciplinary movement in how practitioners can interact with patients to facilitate behavior change. The term motivational interviewing (MI) is even becoming part of the vernacular in medicine. However, the diffusion process runs the risk of diluting the spirit and fidelity of MI. This second edition will help to circumvent this tendency. The book adds substance, breadth, clarity, and evidence to the clinical and training processes, and will add momentum to mainstreaming motivational approaches to behavior change in health care. Primary care physicians and practitioners can enrich their professional work and improve patient outcomes by learning about MI. I expect exponential progress will occur over the next 10 years."--Rick Botelho, MD, Department of Family Medicine, University of Rochester

"A decade ago, I had the opportunity to review a refreshing and exciting book called Motivational Interviewing. I predicted it would become a classic in the field, and indeed it did. Now the authors have provided us with a wonderful, enlightening second edition that will continue to be a classic. From the time of the first edition, MI has taken by storm not only the addictions field, but also the health care field in general. Consequently, much is new in the book. Miller and Rollnick have done it again--they have delivered a gem of a book that should be read by anyone, whatever their discipline, who provides clinical services."--Linda C. Sobell, PhD, ABPP, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University

"Motivational interviewing has come of age. The first edition became a modern classic in the field; a decade later, this second edition shows how MI has matured as Miller and Rollnick and their many collaborators have gained in experience. The ideas are sharpened, the research base stronger, and the applications broader, now extending well beyond the treatment of addictions. But the essence remains the same: how to help people become 'ready, willing, and able' to make changes that improve the quality of their lives."--Jim Orford, PhD, Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology, The University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

"The work of Miller and Rollnick is having a major impact on how therapists help to motivate clients [in the prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors]. It is refreshing to see the values of humanistic psychology and the principles of client-centered therapy reflected throughout this text. With an expanded focus on how people learn motivational interviewing, this new second edition will help readers gain both the knowledge and skills to prepare people to change their behavior and health habits. I highly recommend it."--G. Alan Marlatt, PhD, Addictive Behaviors Research Center and Department of Psychology, University of Washington

"The strength of this book lies in its reader friendly yet scholarly approach to the topic of motivational interviewing. Most chapters have a mixture of practical case examples, research data, figures, models, and assessment instruments. The book will be a valuable addition to clinicians...and to administrators considering adding this practice model to their array of services in their organizations."--Community Mental Health Journal
(Community Mental Health Journal 2003-02-03)

About the Author

William R. Miller, PhD, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, where he is also Codirector of the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions. Dr. Miller's publications encompass more than 300 articles and chapters as well as 27 books, including [i]Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives[/i](with Janet C'de Baca). He maintains an active interest in pastoral counseling and the integration of spirituality and psychology. Dr. Miller is supported by a 15-year senior career Research Scientist Award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, which allows him to focus full time on clinical research.

Stephen Rollnick, PhD, is Honorary Distinguished Professor at the Cochrane Institute of Primary Care and Public Health at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. A clinical psychologist with many years of experience and a codeveloper of MI, he provides consultancy and training on the subjects of motivation, change, and MI. His research and guidelines for good practice have been widely published, and his work on implementation continues, with a current focus on children with HIV/AIDS in Africa, pregnant teens in deprived communities, and MI for schoolteachers and sports coaches.

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Product Details

  • Series: Applications of Motivational Interviewing
  • Hardcover: 428 pages
  • Publisher: The Guilford Press; 2nd edition (April 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572305630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572305632
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. Cole on October 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When do you use a Motivational Interviewing approach? Whenever there is ambivalence for change. How often does ambivalence for change occur? At almost any time people are considering some kind of change. In this 2nd edition of Motivational Interviewing, the authors are very clear that MI is not an approach that obviates the use of other therapy approaches, such as CBT, but is an approach that prepares people for change.
I have been a trainer in Motivational Interviewing since 1995 (see [...]) and am privileged to have received my training from the authors, Drs. Miller and Rollnick. The first edition, Motivational Interviewing, Preparing People to Change Addictive Behavior, provided information that has helped many professionals working in addictions a way to more effectively engage clients in the process of change. The 2nd edition is written so that professionals working with clients around any issues...mental health, health behavior, addictions, health promotion, life coaching...are able to apply the methods for exploring and resolving ambivalence for change.
The first three chapters of the book set the stage for understanding the nature of change and ambivalence for change so that the reader is more fully prepared to understand the value of fully understanding the client situation and eliciting desire, ability, reasons, need and committment for change from the client. This approach differs from the often tendency to understand the client's situation and then in a well meaning way, prescribe the needed steps for change. The strategies for interacting with clients via the use of open ended questions and the use of reflective responses is clearly discussed.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Reddout on January 9, 2007
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I love this book. The second edition is a big improvement over the first as it makes the MI approach more generic (as it should be) and less tied specifically to substance abuse. I regularly use this book when teaching beginning therapy skills to doctoral students in clinical psychology, but it's not just a book for beginners. What I like is the way Miller & Rollnick spend a lot of time talking about generic skills fundamental to any healthy therapeutic relationship -- and especially their discussions about different types of reflective listening and dealing with resistance. The MI approach is especially helpful in dealing with clients who are struggling with ambivalence about their problems (or about being in therapy) -- which happens with great frequency in any practice (not just with substance abusers or court-ordered clients). I wish I had had this book 30 years ago when I was starting out as a therapist. I love teaching from it because I can still pick out gems even now. MI fits well with all sorts of other psychotherapy techniques, including client-centered, cognitive-behavioral, and strategic/structural.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Daniel G. Morris on November 24, 2007
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What a wonderful book. I recently completed an introductory course in Motivational Interviewing and found the book an invaluable companion. My primary theoretical orientation is Reality Therapy but have found Motivaitonal Interviewing to be an easily integrated set of techniques for virtually any counseling style. Most importantly, MI appears to offer a set of techniques that fit well with the limitations often placed on counselors by managed care. I have found through personal experience that once people are motivated to change, progress is relativly fast. It's getting them ready that often presents the challenge; this book meets that challenge head on.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tradecraft TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2010
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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is defined as: a client-centered, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to chance by exploring and resolving ambivalence.

Motivational Interviewing, Second Edition: Preparing People for Change is an excellent resource for anyone working with individuals or groups of people who are facing ambivalence regarding change. The change can range from drug/alcohol abuse, quitting smoking, medical issues, losing weight, relationship changes, starting an exercise program, changing careers, etc.

The book begins with a chapter on "Why do people change?" People tend to be creatures of habit and change can be a very difficult and disturbing process to go through. There is also a discussion on whether people are ready, willing and able to change along with issues that trigger change. The book then moves on to the topic of ambivalence and why people have such a difficult time with making changes especially if the changes are beneficial such as in quitting smoking, dealing with addictions, taking necessary medications, etc. Facilitating change is difficult and can be a lengthy process. One often develops discrepancy, deals with self-motivating change talk and dealing with the status quo.

Part II of the book enters the practice of Motivational Interviewing and delves into the four general principles:

1. Express empathy
2. Develop discrepancy
3. Roll with resistance
4. Support self-efficacy

Then there is a discussion on change and resistance which is essentially the consonance and dissonance of change. Interviewing traps are discussed and plenty of examples are provided.

Five specific methods are then reviewed in depth:

1. Ask open ended questions
2. Listen reflectively
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