1st Edition

Motivational Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Distinctive Features

By Cathy Atkinson, Paul Earnshaw Copyright 2020
    188 Pages
    by Routledge

    188 Pages
    by Routledge

    This informative and straightforward book explores the emergence of motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), with specific attention given to the increasing focus on the central importance of the therapeutic alliance in improving client outcomes.

    Comprising 30 short chapters divided into two parts –  theory and practice –  this entry in the popular "CBT Distinctive Features Series" covers the key features of MI-informed CBT, offering essential guidance for students and practitioners experienced in both MI and CBT, as well as practitioners from other theoretical orientations who require an accessible guide to this developing approach.

    Introduction Part 1: The Distinctive Theoretical Features of MICBT  01. The history of motivational interviewing  02. Defining MICBT  03. MI theory  04. The implications of theory for MICBT practice  05. MICBT and Rogerian counselling  06. Self-determination theory and MICBT practice  07. MICBT and the transtheoretical model  08. The Spirit of MI  09. The Principles of MI  10. Evidence for the effectiveness of MICBT  11. Mechanisms for change  12. Relational and technical components of MICBT  13. Client perspectives  14. Differences and similarities between MI and CBT  15. MI, CBT and other approaches  Part 2: The Distinctive Practical Features of MICBT  16. Avoiding the righting reflex  17. MI Processes – 1. Engaging  18. MI Processes – 2. Focusing  19. MI Processes – 3. Evoking  20. MI Processes – 4. Planning  21. MI Skills – 1. Open questions  22. MI Skills – 2. Affirmations  23. MI Skills – 3. Reflections  24. MI Skills – 4. Summaries  25. Exploring values, goals and aspirations  26. Providing information  27. Practice frameworks and the Menu of Strategies  28. Training and fidelity in MICBT  29. Systemic factors in MICBT  30. Ethical practice in MICBT


    Cathy Atkinson is Curriculum Director of the Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology programme, and a Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester, UK. She is also a registered practitioner educational psychologist, specialising in therapeutic approaches for students accessing alternative provision for social, emotional and mental health difficulties, and co-founder of the Manchester Motivational Interviewing Network, which seeks to promote and support multiagency MI practice across the north-west of England.

    Paul Earnshaw is a Senior Psychological Therapist working for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. He is an active member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has developed and contributed to workshops and symposiums in that forum. His long-standing interest and practice has been on the integration of CBT and MI. He is also a co-founder of the Manchester Motivational Interviewing Network.

    "Are there ways of improving engagement with psychological treatment like CBT? Any counsellor, therapist, manager or policy-maker interested in this question will find this book a breath of fresh air. It breaks down the barriers between treatment approaches to consider how motivational interviewing might be integrated with CBT. The useful practical details are here, along with an openness to innovation that will serve our clients well. As such, this book is ground-breaking."

    - Stephen Rollnick, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Cardiff University and co-founder of Motivational Interviewing