Handbook of Motivation and Change: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

Handbook of Motivation and Change: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

by Petros Levounis
     
 

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Handbook of Motivation and Change: A Practical Guide for Clinicians is a busy clinician's guide to Motivational Interviewing. With a special focus on substance use disorders and addiction, this unique handbook equips readers with a full understanding of the Motivational Interviewing approach -- an understanding that readers can flexibly apply to address patients'

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Handbook of Motivation and Change: A Practical Guide for Clinicians is a busy clinician's guide to Motivational Interviewing. With a special focus on substance use disorders and addiction, this unique handbook equips readers with a full understanding of the Motivational Interviewing approach -- an understanding that readers can flexibly apply to address patients' issues of motivation and change even beyond substance use.

A multidisciplinary book, written by more than 20 practitioners of different psychotherapies who employ motivational work, this volume features a collection of case studies punctuated by movie references that illustrate discussed concepts, practical suggestions for treatment and trainee supervision, and summary key points and multiple-choice questions for readers. Authors focus on interventions ranging from psychopharmacology to support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous, zero in on the unique challenges of treating patients at various stages of their lives, examine how motivational work can change a culture, and discuss the evidence base of this effective and compelling therapy. The practical reach of this handbook will appeal not only to the general psychiatrist but to family practitioners, internists, pediatricians, medical students, and allied professionals. More than a how-to manual, this book provides clinicians with expert insight and information that will help them meet their patients in the midst of the very real challenges of motivation and lasting change.

This handbook: • Provides actual case studies written by psychiatrists working directly with patients with substance use disorders.• Is built on the main theoretical platforms of two ground-breaking innovations in addiction treatment: 1) Prochaska and DiClemente's transtheoretical or stages of change model and 2) Miller and Rollnick's Motivational Interviewing.• Explores the fundamentals of motivation and change, the stages of those changes, and how to treat patients at various stages of change.• Reviews the intersection of motivational work with other interventions from psychopharmacology to Alcoholics Anonymous.• Details the unique challenges of treating patients throughout the life cycle, including adolescents and older adults.

Handbook of Motivation and Change: A Practical Guide for Clinicians is accessible to both clinicians with an interest in substance use disorders and to clinicians who do not have specialized knowledge or expertise in addiction treatment. Its 16 chapters are augmented by two appendixes featuring Internet resources and movie listings that demonstrate a wide range of addiction- and change-related topics.

This handbook will be a well-used diagnostic reference in the library of any professional seeking a better understanding of motivational work and the treatment of substance use disorders.

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Editorial Reviews

PsychCRITIQUES
this book provides useful suggestions for busy clinicians dealing with clients at various stages of change.

(David Hodgins and Terri-Lynn MacKay)

David Hodgins and Terri-Lynn MacKay PsychCRITIQUES

this book provides useful suggestions for busy clinicians dealing with clients at various stages of change.

Doody Reviews
Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D. (Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This guide to motivational interviewing has a particular focus on addiction and substance abuse.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate general psychiatrists in the techniques of motivational interviewing.
Audience: The book is written for general psychiatrists as well as "anyone else interested in the issues of motivation and change," according the authors. Beginning therapists and those not familiar with motivational interviewing would find this book helpful.
Features: The 16 chapters discuss the issues of motivation and change with patients, with a particular emphasis on substance abuse/addiction. Each chapter is divided into easy to reference subheadings with key points and multiple choice questions at the end of chapter. The "movie/television" series subheading relates the chapter topic to a relevant movie or television series to help readers understand the points. Chapters include the stages of change (precontemplation, contemplation, etc.) to maintenance of change to working with adolescents and older adults.
Assessment: This is a decent introduction to motivational interviewing for beginning therapists or those with little therapeutic experience. It is a bit simplistic for general psychiatrists and at times a bit heavy-handed in the attempt to demonstrate motivational techniques in the case studies. The movie/television examples are a nice touch in most of the chapters. There are a couple of references on the back cover and the preface to this book being "fun" or "entertaining," which seems a little inappropriate and, furthermore, the book doesn't deliver. However, this book is a fairly good introduction to motivational work.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This guide to motivational interviewing has a particular focus on addiction and substance abuse.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate general psychiatrists in the techniques of motivational interviewing.
Audience: The book is written for general psychiatrists as well as "anyone else interested in the issues of motivation and change," according the authors. Beginning therapists and those not familiar with motivational interviewing would find this book helpful.
Features: The 16 chapters discuss the issues of motivation and change with patients, with a particular emphasis on substance abuse/addiction. Each chapter is divided into easy to reference subheadings with key points and multiple choice questions at the end of chapter. The "movie/television" series subheading relates the chapter topic to a relevant movie or television series to help readers understand the points. Chapters include the stages of change (precontemplation, contemplation, etc.) to maintenance of change to working with adolescents and older adults.
Assessment: This is a decent introduction to motivational interviewing for beginning therapists or those with little therapeutic experience. It is a bit simplistic for general psychiatrists and at times a bit heavy-handed in the attempt to demonstrate motivational techniques in the case studies. The movie/television examples are a nice touch in most of the chapters. There are a couple of references on the back cover and the preface to this book being "fun" or "entertaining," which seems a little inappropriate and, furthermore, the book doesn't deliver. However, this book is a fairly good introduction to motivational work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585629435
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/06/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
316
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Nicholas A. Pace

This is a wonderful, easy to read guide that will help any busy clinician whether she or he is a general psychiatrist, family practitioner, internist, or pediatrician who is interested in how to advise, counsel, motivate, and direct a patient into making a major life change. I highly recommend this book to any clinician seeing patients with a substance abuse problem or psychiatric disorder who are in denial of their illness. The physician is presented with an easy "how to" method of providing proper motivation to change in a patient who is in denial of their substance abuse problem or psychiatric disorder. This excellent book is filled with many case studies and practical suggestions on how to direct troubled patients through their various stages of change as originally presented in the Prochaska and DiClemente's Stages of Change Model. As an added treat, the book is fun especially if you are a movie buff because in each chapter the authors illustrate a clinical point through the presentation of a scene from a popular movie.

Steven J. Lee

Substance abusers who are ambivalent or not ready for change can be some of the most challenging clients, leaving clinicians feeling helpless and turning away patients, saying, 'Come back when you are ready.' However, this invaluable book offers a powerful tool for therapists to help their clients become ready. Drs. Levounis and Arnaout have written an invaluable guide to Motivational Interviewing. Modern-day theories and data-supported practices are explained in clear, approachable language, and clinical vignettes demonstrate practical solutions to clinical scenarios that therapists in the field actually see. This book should be required reading for any clinician who sees substance abuse issues in his or her practice.

Marc Galanter

How do you deal with patients when their very disorder undermines their motivation for treatment? This book provides both theory and case examples for the clinician confronting this problem. Because of this, it is a valuable addition to the library of anyone who faces this quandary. So do make this book part of your library. You will have use for it.

Analice Gigliotti

Read this book and you clinical practice is certainly going to change -- whether you treat addiction, depression, or any other psychiatric illness that requires motivation to change behavior. Motivational Interviewing is a wonderful technique, and it is even more fascinating when taught the way it is in this handbook. Superb structure, organization, and creativity, seem to have magically come together in this little volume making it an essential part of a clinician's library and a sheer delight to read.

Jack Drescher

Levounis and Arnaout's Handbook of Motivational Interviewing is destined to become an indispensable guide in the navigational toolbox of all practitioners working with substance-abusing patients. The clinical examples in each chapter are frequently engaging and central to the Handbook's teaching narrative. Clearly and accessibly written, clinically illuminating and useful, both seasoned and beginning therapists will find much of value in this volume.

Richard N. Rosenthal

Motivational interviewing, a directive relational style grounded in Rogerian and supportive psychotherapy, is an important skill that all clinicians should learn. This engaging book makes sound arguments as to why traditional paternalistic approaches to treatment engagement and adherence tend to fall flat, and how the hard work of increasing patients' intrinsic motivation for change using this evidence-based intervention, pays off in a variety of situations. Unlike the typical, dry expository approach of clinical texts, Levounis and Arnaout have succeeded in engaging the reader to experience the continuum of motivational work using clinical situations that practitioners will recognize from their own experience -- situations that the chapter authors address with clear expertise and which are anchored in the easily recognizable life experience of characters from film. This is an excellent textbook, which is actually fun to read.

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Meet the Author

Petros Levounis, M.D., M.A., is Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Director of the Addiction Institute of New York, and Chief of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at The St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals in New York, New York.

Bachaar Arnaout, M.D., is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine, VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, Connecticut.

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