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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.