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2nd Edition

Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults

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ISBN 9781462546985
September 3, 2021 Forthcoming by Guilford Press
222 Pages

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Book Description

The significantly revised second edition of this unique practitioner guide features 65% new material and a new organizing structure. The authors show how to use motivational interviewing (MI) to have productive conversations about behavior change with adolescents and young adults in any clinical context. Noted for its clarity, the book includes extended case examples, sample dialogues, quick-reference tables, and "dos and don'ts." It provides vital tools for helping young people open up about their struggles, explore alternatives, and make healthier choices around such concerns as substance use, smoking, anxiety, medication adherence, and obesity.

New to This Edition
*More integrative and cohesive: every chapter weaves in diverse clinical issues, replacing the prior edition's population-specific chapters.
*Chapters on MI in groups and involving caregivers in treatment.
*Restructured around the current four-process model of MI, and proposes maintenance of change as a fifth process.
*Incorporates the rapidly growing research base on MI with youth.
*Reflects the ongoing refinement of the authors' training approach; includes skill-building activities at the end of each chapter.

This book is in the Applications of Motivational Interviewing series, edited by Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller, and Theresa B. Moyers.

Table of Contents

1. Why Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults?
2. Developmental Challenges and Opportunities
3. Getting the Spirit Right
4. Highlighting Choice at Every Turn
5. Stop, Drop, and Roll
6. Change Talk
7. Processes of Motivational Interviewing
8. Maintaining Change
9. Maximizing Motivation in Groups
10. Considering Caregivers
11. Your Motivational Interviewing Journey
12. Ethical Considerations
13. Future Directions

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Sylvie Naar, PhD, is Distinguished Endowed Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine at the Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine. She is also Founding Director of FSU's Center for Translational Behavioral Science. She is trained as a pediatric health psychologist and has conducted health disparities research with minority youth since the 1990s. With over 160 publications, Dr. Naar has both clinical and research expertise in behavioral interventions for youth living with HIV, focusing on adherence to medications, adherence to appointments, substance use, and sexual risk. A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), she has provided numerous trainings to agencies and treatment organizations nationally and internationally, with particular emphasis on MI with adolescents and young adults.

Mariann Suarez, PhD, ABPP, is Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Education at the University of South Florida Health, Morsani College of Medicine. Dr. Suarez is a community-clinical and pediatric psychologist, with specialization in child abuse and neglect and board certification in behavioral and cognitive psychology. She served on the American Board of Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology and publishes on the use of MI with substances, health, neurocognitive developmental issues, and parenting. A member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) for decades, she provides training nationally and internationally, with particular interests in teaching healthcare and community providers to utilize MI and evidence-based practices with adolescents and young adults.


"Building rapport with teenagers is notoriously difficult, often because adults struggle to understand their perspective and priorities. As someone who regularly teaches courses on counseling adolescents, I have found the ideas in this book absolutely critical in becoming a more effective therapist. I highly recommend this improved second edition, which should be required reading for both graduate students entering the field and veteran clinicians treating adolescents with any variety of problems."--Jeremy Jewell, PhD, Department of Psychology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

"With the first edition of this book, Naar and Suarez introduced adolescent mental health professionals to applications of MI with youth. The second edition provides updated evidence that supports MI, along with expanded practical strategies for working with youth struggling with a wide range of concerns in mental health, substance use, and medical settings. Graduate faculty and clinical supervisors will be impressed by the scholarship on every page; trainees will appreciate the practical tools and examples."--Terry Stancin, PhD, ABPP, Chief of Psychology, The MetroHealth System; Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychological Sciences, Case Western Reserve University-