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Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change, 2nd Edition 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

  • 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: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mary C. Cole on October 10, 2003
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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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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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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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Motivational interviewing is all about understanding your audience and helping them help themselves. It is all about speaking in a compelling way that relates to your listeners. While this book is very good at laying the foundations of "Motivational interviewing" in a comprehensive way, it totally misses the mark when it comes to doing what it claims to be teaching. This book is just not friendly. I found it very hard to read through the book and actually learn something practical I could later implement. I would therefore not recommend this book to anyone but true professionals who can deal with an academic style publication. I think it is even better for people with prior background in the field.
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Excellent resourse for the person interested in helping others in a host of different treatment settings. For people in the helping fields, this technique offers new ways of viewing treatment resistance, goal ambivalence, and goal achievement. In utilizing this technique, we enable the client/consumer to be able to formulate plans and goals for themselves in the future, returning them to an increased level of functioning in the community. The adaption of MI in various treatment settings with divergent clients has long been awaited.
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The first half of this book is a very easy read. Not to say there isn't lots of valuable information in it. Rather it is written in "working man" terms making the information easy to process and retain. I did however notice approximately half way through the book the style of writing changes. Almost as if one person wrote the first half and another the second half. The second half of the book resembles a typical textbook. They begin using technical terminology and the text becomes more complex. Overall it isn't a bad choice for a textbook.
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