Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Psychological Problems

Second Edition

Edited by Hal Arkowitz, William R. Miller, and Stephen Rollnick

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This authoritative guide, now significantly revised and expanded, has given tens of thousands of clinicians proven tools for helping clients resolve ambivalence and mobilize their energy, commitment, and personal resources for change. Leading experts describe ways to combine motivational interviewing (MI) with other treatments for a wide range of psychological problems, including depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, and others. Chapters illustrate the nuts and bolts of intervention, using vivid clinical examples, and review the empirical evidence base. Contributors show how to tailor MI to each population's needs, whether used as a pretreatment or throughout the course of therapy.

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.

“Not only is MI here to stay, but, in fact, the application of MI has great potential as a treatment modality for helping with many diverse issues....Has something for everyone interested in psychological problems. It is appropriate for new clinicians, seasoned clinicians not familiar with MI, and even—or maybe especially—for those of us who are experienced motivational interviewers and MI trainers.”

PsycCRITIQUES (on the first edition)

“The book guides readers on how to incorporate motivational interviewing techniques in their clinical practice, summarizes current research on the wide-ranging application of motivational interviewing, and highlights new and promising directions....The editors and authors have offered a volume that is likely to do what they do best: motivate the field to examine important questions in the service of helping clients for change.”

American Journal of Psychiatry (on the first edition)

“A practical guide, edited by the leading experts and developers of this technique....An excellent step-by-step guide to motivational interviewing rich in clinical vignettes and therapist-patient dialogues illustrating how to manage various clinical scenarios with skill and sensitivity...Therapists and researchers who are seeking a positive, respectful, and collaborative approach for helping diverse patients make positive change and for improving psychological interventions—this book is for you.”

Psychiatric Services (on the first edition)

“This is an excellent book edited by the movers and shakers in the field of MI that addresses important clinical conditions and problems. The clinical vignettes are extremely helpful in demonstrating how the method is applied.”

Doody's Review Service

“Simply the best current and comprehensive work in this area. I truly enjoyed reading—and learned from—this volume. Key contributors cover conceptual bases, research, and application issues with equal assurance. This book should be on the shelf of every clinician interested in MI, as well as graduate students and trainees.”

—Keith S. Dobson, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Canada

“The second edition reflects contemporary advances in the practice of MI, as well as the solid science supporting its efficacy across a wide range of clinical problems. The contributors are outstanding practitioner-researchers. This is an excellent text for graduate courses aimed at conveying skills in research-supported psychotherapies, as is increasingly being mandated by professional guidelines. I highly recommend this book for graduate students and established practitioners alike.”

—Bruce A. Thyer, PhD, LCSW, BCBA-D, College of Social Work, Florida State University

“Reading this second edition has enhanced my motivation to learn more and teach more about this important, effective, and pragmatic approach. I will never again be 'stuck' in a psychotherapy impasse without thinking about using MI principles. The editors and contributors emphasize both the spirit and the technique of MI and apply it to treatment of specific symptoms and disorders. The book is of great value to novice and seasoned practitioners alike, and is an outstanding classroom text.”

—Richard F. Summers, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

“This beautifully written book is full of wisdom about helping people change. With engrossing clinical illustrations and great practical tips, it will be a first-line resource for clinicians who want to build their skills in MI.”

—Jesse H. Wright, MD, PhD, Professor and Kolb Endowed Chair of Outpatient Psychiatry and Director, Depression Center, University of Louisville

“I have had the pleasure of using this book for many years as a supplemental text in advanced graduate courses on psychotherapy, psychopathology, and MI. The text addresses one of the most important challenges for MI—the application of MI skills and strategies to the more complex problems in living. The editors and contributors are the top tier of MI trainers and researchers, and take on this challenge with great elegance and competence. This second edition is the perfect companion to Miller and Rollnick's Motivational Interviewing, Third Edition, and fills a very important niche in the MI library.”

—Gary S. Rose, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology, William James College; Adjunct Professor, Department of Community Health, Brown University School of Public Health

Table of Contents

1. Learning, Applying, and Extending Motivational Interviewing, William R. Miller & Hal Arkowitz

2. Motivation Facilitation in the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders, James F. Boswell, Kate H. Bentley, & David H. Barlow

3. Enhancing the Effectiveness of Exposure and Response Prevention in the Treatment of Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder: Exploring a Role for Motivational Interviewing, Allan Zuckoff, Iván C. Balán, & Helen Blair Simpson

4. Integrating Motivational Interviewing into the Treatment of Anxiety, Henny A. Westra & Adi Aviram

5. Enhancing Motivation in Individuals with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Comorbid Substance Use Disorders, David Yusko, Michelle L. Drapkin, & Rebecca Yeh

6. Motivational Interviewing as a Prelude to Psychotherapy for Depressed Women, Allan Zuckoff, Holly A. Swartz, & Nancy K. Grote

7. Motivational Interviewing and the Treatment of Depression, Sylvie Naar & Heather Flynn

8. Motivational Interviewing to Address Suicidal Ideation, Peter C. Britton

9. Motivational Pharmacotherapy: Combining Motivational Interviewing and Antidepressant Therapy to Improve Treatment Outcomes, Iván C. Balán, Theresa B. Moyers, & Roberto Lewis-Fernández

10. Motivational Interviewing in Treating Addictions, William R. Miller

11. Brief Treatments for Gambling Problems Using Motivational Approaches, David C. Hodgins, Jennifer L. Swan, & Katherine M. Diskin

12. Motivational Interviewing for Smoking Cessation with Adolescents, Suzanne M. Colby

13. Motivational Interviewing for Intimate Partner Violence, Erica M. Woodin

14. Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Disordered Eating, Stephanie C. Cassin & Josie Geller

15.Conclusions and Future Directions, Hal Arkowitz, William R. Miller, & Stephen Rollnick


About the Editors

Hal Arkowitz, PhD, until his death in 2019, was Emeritus Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Arizona. His life work was dedicated to understanding how people change and why they don’t. Dr. Arkowitz has published widely in the areas of psychotherapy and motivational interviewing. A scientist-practitioner for his entire career, he was deeply interested in how science can inform practice and how practice can inform science.

William R. Miller, PhD, is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico. He introduced the concept of MI as a clinical method in a 1983 article. With over 50 published books and 400 articles and chapters, he is listed by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the world’s most highly cited scientists. With Stephen Rollnick, Dr. Miller is coauthor of the classic work Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, now in its third edition.

Stephen Rollnick, PhD, is Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Wales, United Kingdom. He is a codeveloper of motivational interviewing, with a career in clinical psychology and academia that focused on how to improve conversations about change. He has worked in diverse fields, with special interests in mental health and long-term health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Rollnick has published widely in scientific journals and has written many books on helping people to change behavior. He is coauthor (with William R. Miller) of the classic work Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, now in its third edition. He has traveled worldwide to train practitioners in many settings and cultures, and now works as a trainer and consultant in healthcare and sports.


Hal Arkowitz, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona

Adi Aviram, MA, Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Iván C. Balán, PhD, Anxiety Disorders Clinic, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York

David H. Barlow, PhD, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

Kate H. Bentley, MA, Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts

James F. Boswell, PhD, Department of Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, New York

Peter C. Britton, PhD, Center of Excellence, Canandaigua VA Medical Center, Canandaigua, New York

Stephanie C. Cassin, PhD, CPsych, Department of Psychology, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Suzanne M. Colby, PhD, Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Katherine M. Diskin, PhD, RPsych, Canadian Forces Health Services Centre, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Michelle L. Drapkin, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Heather Flynn, PhD, Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences, Florida State University College of Medicine, Tallahassee, Florida

Josie Geller, PhD, RPsych, Eating Disorders Program, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Nancy K. Grote, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

David C. Hodgins, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Roberto Lewis-Fernández, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University, and New York State Center of Excellence for Cultural Competence and Hispanic Treatment Program, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, New York

William R. Miller, PhD, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Theresa B. Moyers, PhD, Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sylvie Naar, PhD, Pediatric Prevention Research Center, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

Stephen Rollnick, PhD, Institute of Primary Care and Public Health, Cardiff University, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom

Helen Blair Simpson, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University, New York, New York

Jennifer L. Swan, BA, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Holly A. Swartz, MD, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Henny A. Westra, PhD, Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Erica M. Woodin, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Rebecca Yeh, BA, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

David Yusko, PsyD, Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Allan Zuckoff, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Mental health practitioners, including clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, clinical social workers, counselors, and psychiatric nurses.

Course Use

May serve as a supplemental text in graduate-level courses.
Previous editions published by Guilford:

First Edition, © 2008
ISBN: 9781593855857
New to this edition: