Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook

Rosengren, D.B. (2009). Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook. The Guilford Press, NY.

The book serves as an adjunct to the second edition of Miller and Rollnick's Motivational Interviewing as well as more recent books in the MI series, such as:

  • Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Psychological Problems (Arkowitz et al., 2008)
  • Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping Patients Change Behavior (Rollnick et al., 2008)

About this workbook from the publisher:

Developing expertise in motivational interviewing (MI) takes practice, which is exactly the point of this engaging, user-friendly workbook. The volume is packed with real-world examples from a range of clinical settings, as well as sample interactions and hands-on learning activities. The author is an experienced MI researcher, clinician, and trainer who facilitates learning with quizzes, experiential exercises, and reproducible worksheets. The reader learns step by step how to practice core MI skills:

  • Raising the importance of behavior change,
  • Fostering the client's confidence,
  • Resolving ambivalence,
  • Solidifying commitment to change, and
  • Negotiating a change plan.

The utility of the book is enhanced by the large-size format and lay-flat binding. The book shows how to navigate each session using microskills that many clinicians already know: open-ended questions, affirmations, reflective listening, and summaries, or OARS for short.

Note: This title is part of the Applications of Motivational Interviewing Series, edited by Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller, and Theresa B. Moyers.

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