Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults (Applications of Motivational Interviewing)

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 developmentally informed standpoint can help practitioners quickly build rapport with young patients, enhance their 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.

This book is in the Applications of Motivational Interviewing series.

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3 Comments

  1. Practical and very helpful I am a mental health therapist working for the first time with teens, many of whom are very guarded. I had gone to a motivational interviewing workshop but it was very basic. This is an excellent resource for a practitioner working with the adolescent population particularly those teens who aren’t sure they want to change anything in their lives. This book offers a step by step description of the approach and gives very specific and practical advice. It has improved my ability to work with…

  2. Excellent Resource for Motivational Interviewing with Adoloscents This book provides a very good basic understanding of motivational interviewing. It is very well written with outstanding examples of practical uses of motivational interviewing with adolescents and families.

  3. great intro on the subject This book gave me great intro on the subject of motivational interviewing paired with down to earth examples of how to incorporate it in clinical practice. Money well spent.

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