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2nd Edition

Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults

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Sylvie Naar, Mariann Suarez

  • Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults

224 pages
ISBN: 9781462546985

The significantly revised second edition of this unique practitioner guide features 65% new material and a new organising structure.

The authors show how to use motivational interviewing (MI) to have productive conversations about behaviour change with adolescents and young adults in any clinical context. Noted for its clarity, the book includes extended case examples, sample dialogues, quick-reference tables, and do's and don'ts.

It provides vital tools for helping young people open about their struggles, explore alternatives, and make healthier choices around such concerns as substance use, smoking, anxiety, medication adherence, and obesity.

New to This Edition:

  • More integrative and cohesive: every chapter weaves in diverse clinical issues, replacing the prior edition's population-specific chapters.
  • Chapters on MI in groups and involving caregivers in treatment.
  • Restructured around the current four-process model of MI and proposes maintenance of change as a fifth process.
  • Incorporates the rapidly growing research base on MI with youth.
  • Reflects the ongoing refinement of the authors' training approach; includes skill-building activities at the end of each chapter.

For clinical psychologists, social workers, counsellors, psychiatrists, and addictions treatment specialists; also of interest to paediatricians, nurses, and other health care providers who treat adolescents.

This book is in the Applications of Motivational Interviewing series, edited by Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller, and Theresa B. Moyers.

Table of Contents

  1. Why Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults?
  2. Developmental Challenges and Opportunities
  3. Getting the Spirit Right
  4. Highlighting Choice at Every Turn
  5. Stop, Drop, and Roll
  6. Change Talk
  7. Processes of Motivational Interviewing
  8. Maintaining Change
  9. Maximizing Motivation in Groups
  10. Considering Caregivers
  11. Your Motivational Interviewing Journey
  12. Ethical Considerations
  13. Future Directions



"Building rapport with teenagers is notoriously difficult, often because adults struggle to understand their perspective and priorities. As someone who regularly teaches courses on counseling adolescents, I have found the ideas in this book absolutely critical in becoming a more effective therapist. I highly recommend this improved second edition, which should be required reading for both graduate students entering the field and veteran clinicians treating adolescents with any variety of problems."
- Jeremy Jewell, PhD, Department of Psychology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

"With the first edition of this book, Naar and Suarez introduced adolescent mental health professionals to applications of MI with youth. The second edition provides updated evidence that supports MI, along with expanded practical strategies for working with youth struggling with a wide range of concerns in mental health, substance use, and medical settings. Graduate faculty and clinical supervisors will be impressed by the scholarship on every page; trainees will appreciate the practical tools and examples."
- Terry Stancin, PhD, ABPP, Chief of Psychology, The MetroHealth System; Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University

"Filling a critical void, this book answers the call of practitioners and scholars who for years have been asking for a clinical text on how to use MI with youth. Naar and Suarez describe the developmental context and provide many easy-to-read examples of using each MI principle and strategy with adolescents and young adults in diverse settings. The second edition will make an excellent stand-alone text for a course on MI or a great supplemental text for any course on clinical interventions with youth."
- Keith Herman, PhD, Missouri Prevention Science Institute, University of Missouri

"Naar and Suarez expertly describe the nuances of applying MI principles to the unique needs and issues of teens and young adults. The second edition incorporates recent research on the importance of fostering change talk and avoiding sustain talk, and includes a thought-provoking chapter on working with caregivers of teens. The authors do an excellent job of explaining MI spirit, skills, processes, and change talk in an accessible, warm, and reader-friendly manner. Chapters include helpful tables, guides, tips, and examples of what is and is not consistent with MI spirit, along with activities that allow clinicians to practice and reflect on each topic area. I recommend this book for graduate-level classes in psychotherapy and child clinical psychology. It would serve as an excellent companion reference to a graduate-level clinical practicum, internship rotation, or postdoctoral fellowship."
- Tracy O’Leary Tevyaw, PhD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Alpert Medical School of Brown University