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Motivational Interviewing, Second Edition: Preparing People for Change (Applications of Motivational Interviewing) [Hardcover]

William R. Miller , Stephen Rollnick
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23 May 2002 1572305630 978-1572305632 2nd Revised edition
Since the initial publication of this breakthrough work, Motivational Interviewing (MI) has been used by countless clinicians. Theory and methods have evolved apace, reflecting new knowledge on the process of behavior change, a growing body of outcome research, and the development of new applications within and beyond the addictions field. Extensively rewritten, this revised and expanded second edition now brings MI practitioners and trainees fully up to date. William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick explain how to work through ambivalence to facilitate change, present detailed guidelines for using their approach, and reflect on the process of learning MI. Chapters contributed by other leading experts then address such special topics as MI and the stages-of-change model, applications in medical, public health, and criminal justice settings, and using the approach with groups, couples, and adolescents.

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  • Hardcover: 419 pages
  • Publisher: Guilford Press; 2nd Revised edition edition (23 May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572305630
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572305632
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 16.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 283,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'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, UK

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.

Stephen Rollnick, PhD, is on the faculty in the Department of General Practice at the University of Wales College of Medicine, UK

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short-term benefits 26 Sep 2007
Miller and Rollnick have systematised a number of motivational enhancement techniques which have been used, intuitively, by therapists for several decades. In doing so, they have performed a valuable service.

As a therapist working with addicted individuals in Cambridge, I have been using the Rollnick-Miller synthesis of MI for some years now - in conjunction with 'stages of change' methodology. The following are my principal observations.

Through the use of these MI techniques, I have had some success in helping clients to move from the 'pre-contemplation' stage of the spiral of change to the stage of 'contemplation'. Sessions and strategies of Motivational Interviewing have also proved useful in expediting progress from contemplation, through preparation, to action.

I have found, however, that there are three main problems with Motivational Interviewing. Firstly, it has proved relatively ineffective unless repeatedly reinforced and combined with other therapeutic interventions. Secondly the benefits thus gained take a long period of time to become evident. Thirdly these benefits are often of short duration. In its application to addiction, MI does not seem to reduce significantly the incidence of relapse.

For these reasons, I now use MI only in the initial stages of therapy. Thereafter, in order to help clients to maintain recovery, I have reverted to the use of more prescriptive techniques - in particular, CBT and Twelve Step referral.

'Motivational Interviewing' is a very expensive book for the slender results that it yields. Borrow it from a public library, if you can. Then decide if you think it's worth buying.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...& communicate... 28 Jun 2005
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I searched the internet for months - looking for books or any kind of teaching aids - that could shine just a tiny ray of light - onto communicating effectively with people who have any kind of addiction problems.
This book is a masterpiece.
With a basis in the teaching and counselling methods of Carl Rogers, taken further into the specialist field of addiction - It describes in such careful detail the most gentle, most understanding - most effective ways to that you will learn the most helpful ways - to inspire change, & how to discover, and be supportive of the addicted person's smallest inclination to change.
It is not a book about fixing things - controlling anyone - or changing minds ... but about how best to support, encourage and inspire someone you care about - to develop their own decisions.. that may be life saving.
It is a book suitable for professional counsellors - but it is written in a lucid style which is equally comprehensible to any one with an interest in the topic.
Carefully chosen words of encouragement and support - given at the right time - to people whose own insecurity and self doubt may make them aggressive and defensive against all approaches that seem to be attempts to change or guide them.....
...may seem to you, as they did to me - to be impossible to find.
Read this book. It will help you to find them.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Groundbreaking 18 Mar 2008
The methods of Miller and Rollnick have been truly groundbreaking for those who work in the field of addictions.

Addiction had become known as one of the least tractable and most complex of conditions. Apart from traditional Twelve Step Facilitation, very few therapeutic interventions were found to be significantly effective. There had been some hope that CBT might prove useful - but recent research seems not to support this.

Because of the thorough and systematic nature of the techniques developed by Miller and Rollnick, this situation has now changed. Statistical studies seem to show that Motivational Interviewing does indeed have a significant impact on patterns of substance misuse. The book explains clearly the techniques available and provides a thorough grounding in the theoretical and practical applications of the method.

Motivational Interviewing is essential reading for everyone who works with addiction professionally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers a different kind of motivation... 24 April 2012
By Mark Stipanovsky TOP 500 REVIEWER
I am a specialist in addiction, weight loss, health & wellbeing and better relationships...

I have a particular slant because I am looking for one sentence to justify the cover price and I will encourage you to buy the book...

That's it - there are many different types of reviewers - I happen to be one that is grateful for the opportunity to have access to all this wonderful knowledge, to learn and to share what may be a life changing snippet of knowledge...

Motivational Interviewing is a way of attempting to understand how to relate to someone who is distressed through unhelpful behavioural issues / addiction.

Having a framework is really helpful because addiction is such a damaging and distressing thing to watch...

MI is taught very widely so you will probably come across it if you work in the field and it sits well with the stages of change model.

The reality is you need to believe in someone and "belief" in getting better actually will affect the outcome.

One sentence therapy...
"Change occurs naturally."
The book goes on to state that after formal interventions such as counselling and therapy etc just mirrors a natural process rather than being a unique form of change.

Lots of people in the recovery field have recovered and are in "active recovery"... And this helps. The relationship is always one of the factors in helping someone get better and better relationships equal better outcomes.

Because addiction is a serious business and an intervention can sometimes be the difference between life and death - or just cutting out 20 years of tears and misery. It is worth learning as much as possible of you want to work in this field.
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