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Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change

(Applications of Motivational Interviewing )

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,022 ratings  ·  100 reviews
This bestselling work for professionals and students is the authoritative presentation of motivational interviewing (MI), the powerful approach to facilitating change. The book elucidates the four processes of MI--engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning--and vividly demonstrates what they look like in action. A wealth of vignettes and interview examples illustrate the "d ...more
Hardcover, Third Edition, 468 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Guilford Press (first published August 9th 1991)
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Morgan Blackledge
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read an earlier addition of this manual when I was in school working towards my MA. I thought it was brilliant back then. But I had no idea how effective this stuff would be in practice. I'm currently doing my (MFT) internships and just beginning to implement this stuff, and WOW, it really works.

The first time I experienced a client drop dramatic, sudden, emphatic change talk in a session my jaw just about hit the floor. I was with a client who was on the verge of becoming homeless, but could
Chelsea Jennings
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the most logical and effective approach I've learned for evoking change in people. I've seen it work in practice. It's pretty amazing. It would be a very good thing if this were required reading and training for everyone working in counseling, social work, medicine, criminal justice and teen mentoring as well as many other applications. ...more
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Several friends recommended William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick’s Motivational Interviewing as a reliable and longstanding practice that would be useful for an aspiring counselor to explore. The book is a terrific resource for professionals and laypeople interested in the language of change and dynamics of personal development.

Miller and Rollnick originally invented motivational interviewing (MI) in the 1980s as a talk therapy treatment for alcohol addiction. They have continued to evolve its
Steve Papanastasiou
If you are giving services one on one this book will help you a lot.

Focuses on effective client-centered approach with good examples.
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Read for work. Written with clinicians in mind but has a lot of useful advice for people who want to become better listeners in all types of settings. Has some really tangible advice on how to divorce yourself from the impulse of offering people unsolicited advice, and instead working with others to find what they want and how they can get to that goal on their own. Also found it super useful for personal goal setting, and thinking about how I work towards my goals and react to failure. I'm not ...more
Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: practical-psych
Motivational Interviewing is a useful style of interacting with people in counseling situations where the person may not want to be there & may not see the need for change. This book gives a very easy-to-understand & practical guide to using this style to help people build their own motivation for change. It provides a good mix of theory & practice for clinicians & I think it's useful for anyone who works with people who may not want help. ...more
Apr 25, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
I was always intending to read about Motivational Interviewing, and until my internship where I encountered a common theme of people wanting to change, but unable to proceed (for whatever reason; particularly ambivalence) and also with not many sessions to work with clients, my supervisor handed me a copy of this book. While not the smoothest read (and not the driest), this is a great resource! Miller and Rollnick take a comprehensive look at this therapeutic approach, breaking it down into its ...more
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Obviously I like this in part because I gravitate towards MI but I also think this book is incredibly well written for a clinical resource/textbook given the amount of concrete examples given throughout! The commentary throughout on how MI has evolved with time and exploration of how it stems from Rogerian and other theories is also helpful in getting a deeper understanding of the theory and practice. Also, the chapters are short and it is incredibly readable, so easily read even when exhausted!
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
THE textbook on Motivational Interviewing. I read this as it pertains to my career (clinical psychologist in training), but this was not assigned reading. This book solidified my perspective that motivational interviewing is crucial for therapists who are often engaging with clients who are not yet ready for or committed to making changes. This book was quite dense and I found it hard to translate directly into my practice, but the authors speak to that and provide recommendations for training. ...more
Mary Robison
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was excellent and very helpful for me as I pursue a degree in counseling. The MI process is straightforward and presented in a clear manner with examples. Though the last 100 pages are more just informational about how MI can be used and integrating MI into various practices, overall this is a great approach to working with people. I particularly liked the elements of applied linguistics regarding change and sustain talk, which highlights how powerful language is in a person's life. ...more
Natalie Kaufman
One of my textbooks this semester. I thought it was a decent read, however I felt as if the concepts were very straight forward. This book was presented as a groundbreaking theory of sorts but I got the feel that MI is simply an explanation of current concepts counselors face. It was valuable for learning a few new skills though!
Lucy Reeder
Jan 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Parts I through IV were very helpful for my understanding of MI. I hope to implement this technique into my clinical practice and I feel I have a much deeper understanding now than when I learned about MI in my MSW program. Grateful the book incorporates real world examples of cases, as well as reflections, summaries, and questions that fit into the MI style.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The go-to guide for Motivational Interviewing. This coaching technique to motivate people to make behavior changes has proven to be very successful with people overcoming addictions and other changes in their life by building buy-in and self efficacy. I read all of the sections recommended for the NBHWC exam.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read selected chapters, not cover to cover, but MI is a powerful therapeutic technique, and this book by Miller and Rollnick effectively outlines the process and practice of the skill. Necessary for any interpersonal work.
James G.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-library
I learned a lot from this book. I have already started using these methods in my own counseling sessions and have seen great results. This book is easy to follow, has great examples, and very well written. Highly recommend.
Helder Barroso
Mar 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my line of work as a coach in the health and wellbeing world I found this book very useful. It definitely flagged some of my directorship traits that I need to work on as a coach to a more guidance approach.

A 4 out 5 stars for me and one for the shelf to for future reference.
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last two sections could do well in a separate book. Nonetheless this manual is comprehensive, and teaches MI in a way structured much like a college course. A bit repetitive at times, but does so in a way that strengthens the core concepts and provides variety in applications.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really liked this book. Great examples. Wish there were few exercices at the end though.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is basically the MI bible. It is well written and extremely helpful. I will be keeping this one and refering back to it for a long time.
Michele Maxwell
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A very helpful, easy to read textbook. I rented it for a class but have every intention of buying a copy for use in my daily practice as a social worker
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The classic text on Motivational Interviewing and background on Transtheoretical model of change.
Erica Criscione
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very helpful to anyone, mainly those in counseling. Gives you another way to talk to others and not be forceful on what people should do
Pacific Stoa
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Without any previous counseling experience I found this book a little dense at first. As I grow in experience I find this book to be an amazing resource I call back to on a weekly basis!
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: psychology
Okay, but very focused on addiction care although the title suggests a broader application.
Loved this book and will be implementing the techniques. Many people aren't ready to change things that they do, and this is a great tool to move them into later stages of change. ...more
Kristina Harju
Excellent book, easy & simple to understand methods.
Matthew Hesketh
It's a text book ...more
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Useful for every psychologist (in training)
Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Must read for healthcare providers, especially to help overcome hesitancy on certain health topics.
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William Richard Miller is an American clinical psychologist, an emeritus distinguished professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Miller and Stephen Rollnick are the co-founders of motivational interviewing.

Other books in the series

Applications of Motivational Interviewing (6 books)
  • Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook
  • Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults
  • Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior
  • Motivational Interviewing in Social Work Practice
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