Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults

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This pragmatic guide spells out how to use motivational interviewing (MI) to have productive conversations about behavior change with adolescents and young adults in any clinical context. Filled with vivid examples, sample dialogues, and "dos and don'ts," the book shows how conducting MI from a dvelopmentally informed standpoint can help practitioners quickly build rapport with young patients, enhance thier motivation to make healthy changes, and overcome ambivalence. Experts on specific adolescent problems describe MI applications in such key areas as substance abuse, smoking, sexual risk taking, eating disorders and obesity, chronic illness management, and externalizing and internalizing behavior problems.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Peter A Liu, CM, C Psych(Adler School of Professional Psychology)
Description: The book describes the process of motivational interviewing with young people using plenty of examples, useful tips, and illustrations from different domains. The examples are explained well in simple language, so that readers can understand the historical background, the purpose, and the applications of the approach.
Purpose: The purpose is to illustrate how motivational interviewing can be used with a new and underserviced sector of society. This is useful for professionals working in the field and advances our knowledge in the domain. The historical roots are explained well, and there are ample illustrations to substantiate the authors' main points. The book meets these noble objectives with the authors' examples and discussion. Working with resistant adolescents can be challenging, and there are plenty of applications for this approach, which provides a practical solution.
Audience: The authors intend the book for practitioners, such as psychologists and counselors who work with troubled adolescents, and they will find it useful, but lay persons also could benefit. It is not too technical and written in a user-friendly manner. College students will find it useful as well. I could see this used as a companion text for a course in psychotherapy or counseling theories. The authors have broad experience in using this approach.
Features: The book describes the approach, the background foundation, applications, and examples of use. It also provides tips and ethical guidelines. The book is user-friendly and easy to understand, yet it has excellent references and stories. The triangle picture at the beginning of some chapters is a useful aid. No real shortcomings, except that I would like to see more research noted in other cultures beside a Western one.
Assessment: This is a high-quality book that should be well received in academic/clinical settings. It is a unique contribution to the field and valuable for its focus on an underserviced sector of society.
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"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-King 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. The authors have also drawn together some of the most prominent figures in MI to describe applications for specific populations and settings. This book would 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, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri

"Naar-King and Suarez remind us that the more you try to persuade and direct, the more a young person tends to resist. Want more productive conversations about behavior change with the young adults you work with? Want to stop the pathologizing of adolescents and help them maximize their potential? Look to this book for all-important 'how-tos' and helpful strategies."--Michael D. Clark, MSW, Director, Center for Strength-Based Strategies, Mason, Michigan; member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

"MI has such a strong theoretical and empirical base that it should become a standard part of training in the mental health and health fields. This book provides an excellent introduction to MI and a compelling overview of applications with adolescents, which is a developing field worthy of continued study. It presents ethical and skill-development guidelines that should be required reading for anyone interested in using MI with adolescents and young adults."--Bradley H. Smith, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of South Carolina

"A beautifully written, well-organized, and immensely substantive book on collaborating with young people who are struggling with serious challenges. I highly recommend this book to anyone who works with teenagers and young adults. Readers will benefit from its unique blend of spirit and skill, lively illustrations, and universal lessons. I guarantee that this book will not disappoint!"--Andrew Malekoff, LCSW, CASAC, Executive Director, North Shore Child and Family Guidance Center, Roslyn Heights, New York
"The authors combine a user-friendly style with rigorous research evidence. The book is well organized and offers enough detail to enable practitioners to grasp the subtleties that can make the difference between being effective or not. The useful examples, tips, and chapter summaries make it a handy reference not only for counselors-in-training, but also for experienced counselors, educators, and others working with this client group. Also offered are very useful, practical models of how MI can be adapted to particular behavioral issues, such as eating disorders and smoking cessation. An indispensable guide for anyone working with issues of behavior change in young people."--Ariana Faris, MSc, private practice, Cardiff, United Kingdom; member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

School Social Work Journal

"Motivational interviewing was originally developed as a technique to elicit change in the adult substance abusing population. However, recent practice has demonstrated efficacy with younger populations with a variety of risky behaviors and mental health concerns. This guide is extremely user friendly in that each chapter has a summary of motivational interviewing dos and don’ts….The authors provide strategies to incorporate motivational interviewing techniques into other therapeutic approaches including cognitive-behavioral therapy and extrinsic motivation approaches. The authors present this therapeutic approach in an easy-to-read format with tables, acronyms, and catchy phrases….This manual is an important addition to any therapeutic library."--School Social Work Journal
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Meet the Author

Sylvie Naar-King, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University. A pediatric psychologist, she conducts research on motivational and family therapy interventions for youth with HIV, asthma, diabetes, and obesity, and for adolescent risk reduction. Dr. Naar-King is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and is responsible for the MI training of medical residents at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
Mariann Suarez, PhD, ABPP, is Head of Child Psychology and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She is a pediatric psychologist whose research focuses on the use of MI in the areas of substance misuse, child abuse and parenting, and the training of medical students and community practitioners. Dr. Suarez is a Diplomate in Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, and a member of MINT.

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Table of Contents

I. The Guide
1. Introduction: Why Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults?
2. Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: A Brief Review of Development
3. The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing
4. Person-Centered Guiding Skills
5. Responding to Resistance
6. Change Talk
7. Commitment
8. Integrating Motivational Interviewing into Your Practice
II. Side Trips
9. Alcohol Problems, Lynn Hernandez, Nancy Barnett, Hollie Sindelar-Manning, Thomas Chun, and Anthony Spirito
10. Marijuana Use, Denise Walker
11. The Juvenile Justice System, L. A. R. Stein
12. Sexual Risk Reduction, Juline Koken, Angulique Outlaw, and Monique Green-Jones
13. Smoking, Kimberly Horn
14. Psychiatric Disorders, Lisa J. Merlo and Nina Gobat
15. Eating Disorders, Janet Treasure, Carolina López, and Pam Macdonald
16. Obesity in Minorities, Donna Spruijt-Metz, Elizabeth Barnett, Jaimie Davis, and Ken Resnicow
17. Self-Care for Chronic Medical Conditions, Sylvie Naar-King and Deborah Ellis
18. Group Alcohol and Drug Treatment, Elizabeth J. D'Amico, Sarah W. Feldstein Ewing, Brett Engle, Sarah Hunter, Karen Chan Osilla, and Angela D. Bryan
19. Applications in Schools, Sebastian Kaplan, Brett Engle, Ashley Austin, and Eric F. Wagner
20. Family-Based Intervention, Sue Channon and Sune Rubak
III. Choosing Your Own Path
21. Ethical Considerations
22. Developing Proficiency in Motivational Interviewing

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