Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change (Third Edition)

Author(s): William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick


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 "dos and don'ts" of successful implementation in diverse contexts. Highly accessible, the book is infused with respect and compassion for clients. The companion Web page provides additional helpful resources, including reflection questions, an extended bibliography, and annotated case material. This book is in the Applications of Motivational Interviewing series. New to This Edition: *Reflects major advances in understanding and teaching MI. *Fully restructured around the new four-process model. *Additional case examples and counseling situations. *Reviews the growing evidence base and covers ways to assess MI fidelity. Pedagogical Features Include: *Online reflection questions and annotated cases, ideal for classroom discussion. *Key points at the end of each chapter. *Engaging boxes with special topics and personal reflections. *Extended bibliography and quick-reference glossary.


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"A superb, readable guide to theory and practice. MI has fundamentally changed the way we think about working with less motivated clients, especially in today's healthcare climate, with its emphasis on evidence-based brief treatments. The four-phase framework introduced in this edition greatly simplifies the way that MI is delivered. Miller and Rollnick do a superb job of breaking down a complex process. At each step, readers see exactly why the provider is choosing certain questions or statements over others." - Scott T. Walters, PhD, School of Public Health, University of North Texas Health Science Center

"The most complete explication of MI to date. Building on the explosion of MI research in the past decade, most of the material in this third edition is new, including compelling advances in understanding how MI influences the process of personal change. This book is destined to have an enormous impact on the field. It is a 'must-adopt' text for courses in psychology, counseling, social work, mental health, addictions, and healthcare more broadly." - Timothy J. O'Farrell, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

"This book builds on the prior editions, but the result is substantially different, because it incorporates so many new concepts, skills, research findings, and practical applications. Written in a user-friendly manner, with many sample dialogues, this is an immensely useful resource. It is a 'must have' for anyone who is learning MI or utilizing the approach in clinical practice, from students to seasoned professionals." - Melinda Hohman, PhD, San Diego State University, California, USA

William R. Miller, PhD, is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. He introduced motivational interviewing in a 1983 article and in the original edition of this book, with Stephen Rollnick, in 1991. His research has focused particularly on the treatment and prevention of addictions, with broader implications for the psychology of change. Dr. Miller is a recipient of the international Jellinek Memorial Award, two career achievement awards from the American Psychological Association, and an Innovators in Combating Substance Abuse award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among many other honors. The Institute for Scientific Information lists him as one of the world's most cited scientists. Stephen Rollnick, PhD, is Professor of Health Care Communication in the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, United Kingdom. He worked as a clinical psychologist in mental health and in primary health care for many years, and then turned to how motivational interviewing could be used to improve challenging consultations in health and social care. His research and guidelines for good practice have been widely published, and his work on implementation continues, with a focus on children with HIV/AIDS in Africa and pregnant teens in deprived communities. Drs. Rollnick and Miller are corecipients of the Engel Award from the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare.

Part I: What Is Motivational Interviewing? Conversations about Change. The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing. The Method of Motivational Interviewing. Part II: Engaging: The Relational Foundation. Engagement and Disengagement. Listening: Understanding the Person's Dilemma. Core Interviewing Skills: OARS. Exploring Values and Goals. Part III: Focusing: The Strategic Direction. Why Focus?aFinding the Horizon. When Goals Differ. Exchanging Information. Part IV: Evoking: Preparation for Change.aEvoking the Person's Own Motivation. Responding to Change Talk. Responding to Sustain Talk and Discord.aEvoking Hope and Confidence. Counseling with Neutrality.aDeveloping Discrepancy. Part V: Planning: The Bridge to Change.aDeveloping a Change Plan. Strengthening Commitment. Supporting Change.aPart VI: Motivational Interviewing in Everyday Practice. Experiencing Motivational Interviewing. Applying Motivational Interviewing. Integrating Motivational Interviewing. Part VII: Evaluating Motivational Interviewing. Research Evidence and the Evolution of Motivational Interviewing. Evaluating Motivational Conversations. Appendix A: Glossary of Motivational Interviewing Terms. McLouth, Appendix B: A Bibliography of Motivational Interviewing.

General Fields

  • : 9781609182274
  • : Guilford Publications
  • : Guilford Publications
  • : September 2012
  • : United States
  • : October 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick
  • : Hardback
  • : 3rd Revised edition
  • : English
  • : 616.89
  • : 468
  • : Illustrations