Motivational Interviewing in Schools

Conversations to Improve Behavior and Learning

Stephen Rollnick, Sebastian G. Kaplan, and Richard Rutschman

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“The book provides the practitioner (school counselor/social worker, teacher, or administrator) a path toward the skills and disposition needed to guide clients in creating their own path to success....[It] is presented in an easy-to-read format….The language is accessible to almost any reader who has regular student contact….This reviewer found the book most useful for personal development, specifically improvement of engagement and relationship building in direct practice….The book offers several solid interventions in the MI spirit that respond to contemporary educational concerns including behavior, learning in the classroom context, bullying, and dropout prevention….As I have lately said to colleagues, I highly recommend Motivational Interviewing in Schools. Just don’t take my copy; I can’t part with it.”

School Social Work Journal

“This is a gem of a book. Having reviewed many of the books on MI, this one with Rollnick taking one of the lead author positions, is one of the best encountered. It is straightforward, highly informative, easy to read, and clear in its presentation of ideas and strategies….It can be highly suggested as an easy, yet comprehensive and thorough read for graduate students wishing greater familiarity with this highly important strategy.”

Child and Family Behavior Therapy

Motivational Interviewing in Schools is a useful resource.”


“MI is grounded in a core belief that people can arrive at solutions to their problems or challenges if someone asks them the right questions. This book gives educators the keys to help students grapple with complex issues and decisions. MI can help you have a much more positive influence than simply telling a student what to do or how to do it.”

—Chad H. Adams, MA, Principal, Roger C. Sullivan High School, Chicago Public Schools

“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

“The authors have provided teachers with a rich resource for initiating a new and productive conversation style with students. The book is filled with clear instructions and detailed examples to guide teachers in changing their communication habits to become more student focused, autonomy affirming, and motivational. It is easy to read and perfectly aligned with the latest developments in MI. This book would be a useful supplement to teacher behavior management coursework as a tool for integrating motivational conversations into effective classroom management practices and routines.”

—Keith C. Herman, PhD, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri

“Every teacher is concerned about promoting positive motivation in students. This book shows exactly how to do so, not with the use of any special program but with everyday conversational interactions. MI begins with engagement, moves to focusing, evokes children's goals and aspirations, and guides them in planning for accomplishment. Students are not explicitly asked to change, but change they do, and this book is filled with tips, scripts, examples, and practical wisdom toward building teachers' expertise in this essential skill area.”

—Maurice J. Elias, PhD, Director, Rutgers Social–Emotional and Character Development Lab, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

“With growing international interest in school-based MI, this publication from leading authors in the field is important and timely. Educators will appreciate the accessible style, illustrative examples, practice activities, and usable resources. The authors summarize existing research and show how teachers and other professionals can use MI in such areas as bullying and postschool transition. This book represents a major contribution to a fast-developing area of practice.”

—Cathy Atkinson, DEdPsy, Curriculum Director, Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology Program, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

“This book is for any teacher or other school professional who has ever felt 'stuck' and unsure of how to best help a student or family maximize their school journey. MI has proven to be an effective evidence-based practice for having productive conversations about change, but many educators are unfamiliar with it. The book provides specific skills and strategies you can use to help students plan for change and to give advice in a collaborative yet goal-oriented manner. It will revolutionize how you approach your interactions with students and families.”

—Mariann Suarez, PhD, ABPP, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine

“As the role of MI is becoming more significant in schools, this is an ideal book to help teachers learn about the topic. Rollnick, Kaplan, and Rutschman 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–Columbia

“As educators, we often fall into the trap of thinking that we can magically change students' behavior through consequences, cajoling, or coercion. MI flips that notion to the idea of assisting students to tap into their own motivation through supportive and reflective conversations. This book presents research, theory, strategies, and tools that enable us to think differently about why students behave in ways we would like to change, and how to help them grow and learn. I plan to buy this book for many of my colleagues and friends.”

—Laurie Frank, director, GOAL Consulting; author of Journey Toward the Caring Classroom