Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change and Grow (Applications of Motivational Interviewing Series) (Hardcover)

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Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change and Grow (Applications of Motivational Interviewing Series) (Hardcover)


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Now in a fully rewritten fourth edition, this is the authoritative presentation of motivational interviewing (MI), the powerful approach to facilitating change. It has been updated and streamlined to be even more user-friendly as a practitioner guide and course text. MI originators William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick elucidate the four tasks of MI--engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning--and vividly demonstrate 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. The book reviews the evidence base for the approach and covers ways to assess the quality of MI. The companion website provides reflection questions, annotated case material, and additional helpful resources.
New to This Edition
*Most of the book is entirely new.
*Addresses the breadth of MI applications not only in counseling and psychotherapy, but also in health care, education, coaching, management, and other contexts.
*Discusses delivering MI remotely, simple versus complex affirmations, strategic use of directional questions, ethical considerations, and other new or expanded topics.
*Increased emphasis on using MI throughout a client's process of change and growth, not just in the preparatory stage.
Pedagogical Features
*New or updated online materials, including reflection questions and annotated cases.
*Key points at the end of each chapter.
*"Personal Perspective" and "For Therapists" boxes in every chapter.
*Extensive glossary.
*New self-assessment tool that targets the component skills of MI.

See also Building Motivational Interviewing Skills, Second Edition: A Practitioner Workbook, by David B. Rosengren, and Motivational Interviewing and CBT: Combining Strategies for Maximum Effectiveness, by Sylvie Naar and Steven A. Safren.

This book is in the Applications of Motivational Interviewing series, edited by Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller, and Theresa B. Moyers.
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 first edition of Motivational Interviewing (1991), coauthored with Stephen Rollnick. Dr. Miller’s research has focused particularly on the treatment and prevention of addictions and more broadly on the psychology of change. He is a recipient of two career achievement awards from the American Psychological Association, the international Jellinek Memorial Award, and an Innovators Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among many other honors. His publications include 65 books and over 400 articles and chapters. His website is
Stephen Rollnick, PhD, is Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine at Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom. He is cofounder of motivational interviewing, with a career in clinical psychology and academia that focused on how to improve conversations about change, and helped to create the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers ( He has worked in diverse fields, with special interests in mental health and long-term health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Rollnick has published widely in scientific journals and has written many books on helping people to change behavior. He is coauthor (with William R. Miller) of four editions of the classic work Motivational Interviewing. He has traveled worldwide to train practitioners in many settings and cultures, and he now works as a trainer and consultant in health care and sports. His website is
Product Details ISBN: 9781462552795
ISBN-10: 146255279X
Publisher: The Guilford Press
Publication Date: August 21st, 2023
Pages: 338
Language: English
Series: Applications of Motivational Interviewing Series
"Miller and Rollnick masterfully guide us through the story of how MI has developed over four decades and bring its sophisticated simplicity to life in a way that stimulates the mind, touches the heart, and invites best practice. This text will remain the favorite companion for all professional helpers who want to weave MI into what they do. The fourth edition has an increased emphasis on growth, in addition to change, underscoring the importance of supporting persistence and maintenance of change. This book is very useful for any graduate-level curricula that focus on behavior change and/or psychotherapy skills."--Steve Martino, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine; member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers

"Miller and Rollnick continue to advance the method and message of MI in this sparkling fourth edition. The authors build on another decade of central involvement in the rapidly expanding MI research and practice community. Beyond simply updating the research, the authors have set out to succinctly explain the essence of MI and encourage innovative adaptations. This eagerly awaited volume will accompany practitioners--from many fields and at multiple professional levels--in their journeys toward greater success and satisfaction."--Richard P. Barth, PhD, MSW, School of Social Work, University of Maryland

"The fourth edition of Motivational Interviewing is an incredibly helpful resource for those in the helping professions and those training graduate students in health care, education, or psychology. It contains much of value for novice and advanced MI users. Transcripts of flowing conversations highlight the innovative ways that MI supports people to change and grow."--Wendy M. Reinke, PhD, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, and Missouri Prevention Science Institute, University of Missouri–Columbia

"The fourth edition of this go-to text is like a home-cooked meal served up with all your favorites, but with a healthy dose of new concepts, skills, and upgraded terminology. Miller and Rollnick bring their trademark rigor and humility to this compelling refresh of the MI ‘bible.’ Replete with poignant clinical examples, the book strikes a perfect balance of the conceptual and practical. The new 'Personal Perspective' and 'For Therapists' features woven into each chapter work exceedingly well. The fourth edition is yet again a 'must read' for practitioners and a superb text for any MI-related course--I will use it in mine."--Kenneth Resnicow, PhD, Irwin M. Rosenstock Collegiate Professor of Public Health, University of Michigan

"This text is filled with exemplary phrases that psychiatrists can incorporate into their lexicons....MI is compatible with evidence-based clinical skills and a variety of psychotherapy perspectives, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, experiential therapy, and family systems theory. The book illustrates clinical case examples to prepare psychiatrists who work in all different types of settings....This is a user-friendly, engaging, and comprehensive text that should be required reading for all practicing clinicians." (on the third edition)
— Clinical Psychiatry News

"Excellently written and a genuine pleasure to read....This book is essential reading for anyone in the business of helping people to change and will be considered an invaluable resource for many years to come." (on the third edition)
— Addiction Today

"The strength of this book lies in its reader-friendly yet scholarly approach." (on the second edition)
— Community Mental Health Journal

"Not only has the original book become a classic, but motivational interviewing (MI) has taken the world by storm....The methods described gel extremely well with social work's strengths/empowerment perspective. I highly recommend this volume to the practitioner in the field and to social work educators who wish to grasp the essence of a method that integrates client-centered therapy with advice giving and directive feedback." (on the second edition)
— Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions

"This approach is one that can be powerfully used by occupational therapy practitioners who are working in mental health and substance abuse settings, or any psychosocial behavioral health setting....In preparing professional students for practice, I view this approach as foundational to their effectiveness in building motivation and strengthening commitment to change with their clients." (on the second edition)
— Occupational Therapy in Mental Health

"Highly recommended to all practitioners in health settings and to clinicians supervising and teaching others." (on the second edition)
— Drug and Alcohol Review

“The writing is clear, concise, and engaging. *****!”
— Doody's Review Service