Motivational Interviewing in Social Work Practice

Second Edition

Melinda Hohman

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284 Pages
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284 Pages
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284 Pages
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The definitive text on motivational interviewing (MI) written by and for social workers has now been updated and expanded with 60% new material, including a revised conceptual framework, cutting-edge applications, and enhanced pedagogical features. Melinda Hohman and her associates demonstrate what MI looks like in action, how it transforms conversations with clients, and how to integrate it into social work practice in a wide range of settings. Extensive new case examples and annotated sample dialogues bring the concepts to life, helping readers build their own repertoires of MI skills. The book also summarizes the research base for MI and shares expert recommendations for teaching, training, and professional development.

New to This Edition

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

“A ‘must read’ for social work educators who are interested in preparing the next generation of social workers for counseling and consulting with clients about behavioral change!”

—David L. Albright, PhD, MSW, Professor of Social Work and Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health Research, The University of Alabama School of Social Work

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

1. Why Social Work and Motivational Interviewing?

2. The “How” of Motivational Interviewing

II. Elements of Motivational Interviewing

3. The Engaging Process: Building Trust

4. Focusing: A Conversation about a Conversation

5. Evoking: Change Talk as the Driver of Change

6. Client Discord: A Time to Re-Engage

7. Sharing Information and Advice

8. Planning: Determining the Path Forward

III. Implementation

9. Integrating Motivational Interviewing into Social Work Practice, with Cristine Urquhart & Fredrik Eliasson

10. Motivational Interviewing through the Lens of Critical Race Theory

11. Innovative Applications of Motivational Interviewing

12. Teaching and Training Motivational Interviewing



About the Author

Melinda Hohman, PhD, MSW, is Professor and Director Emeritus in the School of Social Work at San Diego State University. Before retiring in 2018, she taught courses in social work practice, substance abuse treatment, and motivational interviewing (MI), both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Hohman’s research interests include substance abuse assessment and treatment services and the learning of MI. She has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 1999, training community social workers, child welfare workers, probation officers, and addiction counselors, among others, across the United States and internationally. She has served as a MINT Trainer of Trainers.


Social workers in any practice setting or specialty area; social work students and instructors.

Course Use

Serves as a text in advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses such as Social Work Practice Skills, Interviewing, Social Work and Substance Abuse, and Motivational Interviewing in Social Work.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2012
ISBN: 9781462523696
New to this edition: