The first teacher's guide to the proven counseling approach known as motivational interviewing (MI), this pragmatic book shows how to use everyday interactions with students as powerful opportunities for change. MI comprises skills and strategies that can make brief conversations about any kind of behavioral, academic, or peer-related challenges more effective. Extensive sample dialogues bring to life the "do's and don'ts" of talking to K-12 students (and their parents) in ways that promote self-directed problem solving and personal growth. User-friendly features include learning exercises and reflection questions; aditional helpful resources are available at the companion website.
This title is part of the Applications of Motivational Interviewing Series, edited by Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller, and Theresa B. Moyers.
"As the role of MI is becoming more significant in schools, this is an ideal book to learn about the topic. Rollick, Rutschman, and Kaplan provide an excellent introduction to MI and a guide to using it in schools today."—T. Chris Riley-Tillman, PhD, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri
"Good relationships in school are important, and this book offers a way forward—down-to-earth guidelines for improving interactions with students. After reading the book, I have been inspired to practice the skills every day."—Andy Williams, Deputy Head, Monmouth Comprehensive School, Wales, United Kingdom
I. Overview of Motivational Interviewing
1. Conversations about Change
2. What Is MI?
3. The Style and the Spirit of MI
4. A Conversation Map: Four Processes
5. Core Skills
6. Evoking: The Heart of MI
7. Planning Changes
8. The MI Approach to Giving Information and Advice
II. In Practice
9. Behavior, Behavior, Behavior
11. Personal Growth
12. Working with Families
III. Focused Applications
14. At-Risk Students: MI Integrated with Other Approaches
15. Dropout Prevention and Reengagement
16. Transition to Life after School
IV. Broader Horizons
17. Improving Your Knowledge and Skills
18. Integrating MI in Schools
About the Authors:
Stephen Rollnick, PhD, is Honorary Distinguished Professor at the Cochrane Institute of Primary Care and Public Health at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. A clinical psychologist with many years of experience and a codeveloper of MI, as well as a cofounder of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Dr. Rollnick provides consultancy and training on the subjects of motivation, change, and MI. His research and guidelines for good practice have been widely published, and his work on implementation continues, with a current focus on children with HIV/AIDS in Africa, pregnant teens in deprived communities, and MI for teachers and sports coaches.
Richard Rutschman, EdD, is Senior Program Manager and Professional Development Facilitator at the Center for College Access and Success (formerly the Chicago Teachers’ Center) at Northeastern Illinois University. His professional experience in Chicago schools has included being a high school science and Spanish teacher and the principal of an alternative high school. Throughout his career, he has worked to support school improvement efforts focusing on student retention, engagement, leadership development, and preparation for postsecondary education. Dr. Rutschman is a recipient of the Michael Stratton Practitioner Award from the International Association for Experiential Education, for his work using adventure initiatives in Chicago schools, and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
Sebastian G. Kaplan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section, at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. A former special education teacher, Dr. Kaplan currently focuses his clinical work on helping adolescents and their families overcome a variety of challenges to their growth and development. He has written and presented on the application of MI for pediatricians, mental health providers, and school personnel, and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.