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From The CriticsReviewer: Christopher J Graver, PhD, ABPP-CN(Madigan Healthcare System)
Description: Motivational interviewing is a revolutionary approach to treating substance use disorders, but its evolution for use in other psychological disorders has been slothful. This book introduces readers to the expanded uses of motivational interviewing.
Purpose: The main purpose is to convey the current research and future directions in the use of motivational interviewing for psychological disorders outside of substance use.
Audience: The book is intended for psychotherapists, including psychologists, psychiatrists, marriage and family counselors, and social workers. Students of these disciplines would benefit from this book during their training. The authors are well versed in this area, especially since both Miller and Rollnick (the founding clinicians of motivational interviewing) have contributed significantly.
Features: The first chapter is a brief, but appropriate introduction to the principles of motivational interviewing (MI). Those unfamiliar with MI will not find an in-depth accounting of it here. Subsequent chapters seamlessly integrate MI into the usual course of therapy for a variety of disorders. In many cases, MI is not presented as a standalone treatment, but rather an adjunct to address ambivalence and resistance to change. Each chapter addresses how the principles of MI can be applied to the treatment of a particular disorder. Sample dialogues are provided, which can be quite helpful in illustrating the concept. From medication noncompliance to resistance in exposure therapy, the topics are highly relevant to clinical practice and aim for the heart of the problem in psychological treatment. The references are current and the index is reasonable.
Assessment: This book provides a highly useful look at the expanded potential of motivational interviewing in treating a variety of difficult psychological disorders. The chapters clearly demonstrate the principles of MI and their integration into existing treatments. The sample dialogues are very helpful and the information is cutting-edge. This is a highly recommended book for all mental health providers.