Motivational Interviewing with Offenders: Engagement, Rehabilitation, and Reentry

Motivational Interviewing with Offenders: Engagement, Rehabilitation, and Reentry

by Jill D. Stinson PhD, Michael D. Clark MSW

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From experts on working with court-mandated populations, this book shows how motivational interviewing (MI) can help offenders move beyond resistance or superficial compliance and achieve meaningful behavior change. Using this evidence-based approach promotes successful rehabilitation and reentry by drawing on clients' values, goals, and strengths--not simply telling them what to do. The authors clearly describe the core techniques of MI and bring them to life with examples and sample dialogues from a range of criminal justice and forensic settings. Of crucial importance, the book addresses MI implementation in real-world offender service systems, including practical strategies for overcoming obstacles.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781462529872
Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 06/28/2017
Series: Applications of Motivational Interviewing
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 219,212
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jill D. Stinson, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at East Tennessee State University. She previously served as an administrator and sex offender treatment coordinator at Fulton State Hospital, a maximum- and intermediate security forensic mental health hospital in Missouri. Her research and publications focus on sex offenders with serious mental illness, the role of self-regulation in treatment of personality and severe behavior disorders, and the impact of early childhood trauma in high-risk psychiatric and offender populations. Dr. Stinson is an active member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers and an associate editor of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.

Michael D. Clark, MSW, is Director of the Center for Strength-Based Strategies, a Michigan-based training and technical assistance group. His interests lie in the application of strength-based and motivational practices for marginalized, court-mandated populations. He served for 16 years as a probation officer and a court magistrate in Lansing, Michigan. He is a board member of the International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology and recently served on an expert panel for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, he delivers MI training in blended learning formats to probation officers, reentry staff, juvenile justice professionals, and addiction counselors across the United States. His website is

Table of Contents

1. A New Approach
2. The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing
3. The Art of Listening
4. The Art of Interviewing
5. Engaging: The Relational Foundation
6. Engaging: The Relationship in Practice
7. Focusing and Preparing for Change
8. Focusing in Practice
9. Evoking: Moving toward Change
10. Evoking in Practice
11. Developing a Plan
12. Resistance Reexamined
13. The Rise of Motivational Interviewing
14. Implementation and Sustainability
15. Considerations, Cautions, and Comments


Clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, counselors, psychiatric nurses, and other professionals and paraprofessionals working in jails, prisons, forensic psychiatric hospitals, probation/parole systems, and drug and mental health courts. May serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.

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