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2nd Edition

Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook

$118.18  Softcover
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David B Rosengren

  • Building Motivational Interviewing Skills

513 pages
ISBN: 9781462532063

Many tens of thousands of mental health and health care professionals have used this essential book—now significantly revised with 70% new content reflecting important advances in the field—to develop and sharpen their skills in motivational interviewing (MI). Clear explanations of core MI concepts are accompanied by carefully crafted sample dialogues, exercises, and practice opportunities. Readers build proficiency for moving through the four processes of MI—engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning—using open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summaries (OARS), plus information exchange.

In a large-size format with lay-flat binding for easy photocopying, the volume includes more than 80 reproducible worksheets. Purchasers get access to a companion website where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

New to This Edition

  • Fully revised and restructured around the new four-process model of MI.
  • Chapters on exploring values and goals and "finding the horizon."
  • Additional exercises, now with downloadable worksheets.
  • Teaches how to tailor OARS skills for each MI process.
  • Integrates key ideas from positive psychology.

Table of Contents

I. The Journey Ahead

  1. Introduction
  2. What Is MI and Why Use It?
  3. Introduction to the Four Processes

II. Engaging: The Relational Foundation

  1. The Use of OARS: Reflective Listening
  2. The Use of OARS: Open-Ended Questions, Affirmations, and Summaries
  3. Exploring Values and Goals

III. Focusing: The Strategic Direction

  1. Finding the Horizon
  2. Exchanging Information

IV. Evoking: Preparation for Change

  1. Recognizing Change and Sustain Talk
  2. Evoking Motivation
  3. Responding to Sustain Talk and Dancing with Discord

V. Planning: The Bridge to Change

  1. Transitioning into Planning
  2. Developing a Change Plan, Strengthening Commitment, and Supporting Change

VI. The Practice of MI

  1. Learning MI

Appendix. Establishing an MI Learning Community


"“This book is excellent for learning the basics of motivational interviewing. It is easy to read, written by an expert in the field, and contains numerous reproducible forms that can be used with clients. It should in the libraries of novice and seasoned therapists alike because it provides excellent therapeutic tools. The second edition is justified because of the burgeoning amount of research in the past eight years, and it has been fully revised around the four process model of MI."
- Doody's Review Service

"Learning how to create motivationally enhancing conversations with MI requires the right spirit, strategies, and skills. Let Rosengren be your coach by using this second edition of his wonderful manual. Drawing on his wisdom and experience as a practitioner and trainer, Rosengren offers valuable information, tests to check your understanding of MI, and innovative exercises to build skills and implement strategies. This book offers a pathway to becoming competent and skilled in MI. All you have to do is read, reflect, and practice, practice, practice."
- Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

"Rosengren has done it again! This valuable second edition will replace many a well-worn, dog-eared copy on the bookshelves of seasoned clinicians, and it is a 'must read' for trainees. This volume incorporates updated concepts of MI, including the four-process model. It is chock-full of user-friendly, field-tested exercises that facilitate learning of not only the concepts, but also the spirit of MI. Few authors have as thorough an understanding of how to teach others to use MI. Rosengren is a veteran trainer whose wisdom comes through—as do his warmth and humor. I will use this book in all of my classes for social workers, psychologists, and medical students alike."
- Mary Marden Velasquez, PhD, Director, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin