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Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change (Applications of Motivational Interviewing )

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This bestselling work has introduced hundreds of thousands of professionals and students to motivational interviewing (MI), a proven approach to helping people overcome ambivalence that gets in the way of change. William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick explain current thinking on the process of behavior change, present the principles of MI, and provide detailed guidelines f...more
Hardcover, Second Edition, 428 pages
Published April 12th 2002 by The Guilford Press
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Apr 01, 2008 Lisa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: therapists who want to empathize and still get paid for it
This is only example #2 of an Empirically Supported Treatment that, despite my skepticism of ESTs (thanks to their history of strict session-by-session manualization in a cognitive-behavioral style) has really grabbed me as doable for both therapist and client.

The MI technique comes from the substance abuse field, and strikes me as an amazing revelation in that field. Over time, it's become apparent that it's also wildly useful for any intervention in which shame or punishment has been a primar...more
My purpose in reading this book was to get a better sense for motivational interviewing (MI) techniques and how to apply them to a health population. The first half of the book, by Miller and Rollnick, was helpful with this. The main problem is that the principles behind MI are theoretically simple, but pragmatically difficult to translate into effective interventions in the therapy room. The examples of transcribed client-therapist interactions were probably the most useful portion of the entir...more
Didn't have a chance to finish this before a new semester took precedence of my time. I appreciated Miller's interpretation of how people get stuck and how they need help to change; but I did not like his combative approach towards clients. I much prefer the SFBT approach developed by Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer in which the Client is the expert; not the therapist. They also approach each client with a sense of Curiosity and Respect. Miller's approach is that the therapist knows better. I...more
Apr 25, 2014 Maya marked it as to-read
i have done my master in social work and near to start any job .that's way i want to read some books which can help me in my practice.
As an smoking cessation counselor without a formal background in addictions counseling, this book was exceptionally helpful in specific phrasings and ideas of how to work with my clients. However, I recommend it to all personal trainers, doctors, teachers, and anyone that uses the motivation to change to help people. Or anyone that has ever tried to help anyone who is ambivalent about making a decision.

There are some chapters that are pretty technical, but other sections are written very clearly...more
A great book for those in the "helping" professions, therapists, social workers, counselors, health coaches, etc. The process of Motivational Interviewing grew out of the Recovery field, but has application for many other therapeutic settings. This approach emphasizes: empathy, with boundaries; exploration of ambivalence; rolling with resistance; is client-centered and non-confrontational, but is directive. The authors also do a good job of discussing issues/clients with whom this approach is no...more
though i did not feel that too much was breath-takingly new or anything, it did encourage me to be more mindful of my language and joining skills in sessions. i try not to use "but" at all and enjoy a new wrinkle to my approach with clients. i read it because it seems to be all the rage. next, i will look for the text specifically addressing MI and the JSO population.
Nov 04, 2010 Abby is currently reading it
This is a great one for practicing clinicians. The basic ideas is that when you force people into doing things they don't want to do, you cause them to become less likely to do what you want. This enables clinicians to work with clients to help them to find their own motivation for change rather than handing them lofty goals and asking them to swallow them whole.
Mar 03, 2008 James rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone in a helping profession
Shelves: psychology, reference
A useful tool in psychotherapy, well presented - essentially the application of the Socratic method to psychotherapy, specifically with the goal of helping people to see the ways in which their own behaviors are creating problems in their lives and motivating them to change what they're doing.
Fredric Mau
Sounds like a therapeutic technique, but is really a full-orbed approach to therapy. This is a great read for general readers though. If you've ever wanted to persuade someone, help some make a change, or needed a better way to handle an annoying roommate, this will help!
Hannah Levy
Too much talking, not enough doing. This book was not very hands-on and I don't feel like I know how to DO motivational interviewing after reading it, but I could probably tell you about the core concepts. I would stick with more hands-on therapy books.
Amazingly powerful and mind-bogglingly simple. This is one of those books that you could read, year after year, and still learn something new. While the ideas may seem easy to grasp, the depth of understanding and potential to master skills is profound.
Troy Littlejohn
I am going to re-read this book over and over again because it is a great tool to relate to people on a professional level. Any counseling should add this technique to their tool belt of techniques.
Ceema Samimi-Luu
A comprehensive introduction and excellent overview of MI, if at times a little bogged down in academic jargon.
great way to learn about MI skills; a must-read for anyone working in direct human service fields.
Natasa Tovornik
Great book and great technique. Written in a way that is also easy to learn.
Jul 02, 2007 Joshua rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people interested in clinical social work or how to motivate people
I love this book. It's great even if you aren't in social work.
It's hard for me to get MOTIVATED to read this book... Hahaha!
Erin Garibaldi
Really good method. Might work well with other treatments.
Must-read for anyone in the mental health field.
This is not "easy" reading but it is very good.
Kammy Jones
Nov 07, 2008 Kammy Jones is currently reading it
This is like magic for addicts and teenagers!
Very good, a must have for all clinicians.
Great-- if you're a thearpist:)
Chelsea Bunton
This book is amazing!!!!
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