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 succesful 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 title is part of the Applications of Motivational Interviewing Series, edited by Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller, and Theresa B. Moyers.
“This is a book that many of us have been anticipating for a long time. MI is one of a small number of true evidence-based (and strengths-based!) success stories in offender rehabilitation. This book brings the technique alive in a way that I hope will transform theory and practice in the field.”
—Shadd Maruna, PhD, Professor of Criminology, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
“MI has deservedly gained a substantial national and international following because of its positive pathways to creating change. This clearly written, easily accessible book—with examples throughout—explains the philosophy, rationale, strategy, and tactics of applying MI in criminal justice and related settings. Mental health and criminal justice professionals and students who are interested in correctional rehabilitation, probation and parole, offender reentry, restorative justice, or alternative dispute resolution should view this book as essential reading.”
—Bruce D. Sales, PhD, JD, ScD (h.c.), Virginia L. Roberts Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Indiana University Bloomington
About the Authors:
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. Mr. Clark 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 (MINT), 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 www.buildmotivation.com.