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Motivational Interviewing in Social Work Practice
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Table of Contents

1. Why Social Work and Motivational Interviewing?
2. The Heart of Motivational Interviewing
3. Motivational Interviewing and the Engagement and Assessment Process, with Hilda Loughran & Sally Mathiesen
4. Supporting Self-Efficacy, or What If They Don't Think They Can Do It?, with Stephanie Wahab & Katie Slack
5. Expressing Empathy: Communicating Understanding (Even When It's Hard)
6. Developing Discrepancy: Using Motivational Interviewing in a Group Setting to Increase Ambivalence
7. Rolling with Resistance: Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents, or, "You Can't Make Me", with Elizabeth Barnett & Audrey M. Shillington
8. Building Collaboration: Motivational Interviewing in Community Organization Work, with Mike Eichler
9. Integrating Motivational Interviewing into Social Work Practice, with Rhoda Emlyn-Jones, Bill James, & Cristine Urquhart
10. Final Thoughts: Lessons Learned from Training and Teaching Motivational Interviewing


About the Author

Melinda Hohman, PhD, MSW, is Professor in the School of Social Work at San Diego State University, where she has taught since 1995. She teaches courses in social work practice, substance abuse treatment, and motivational interviewing, both at the graduate and undergraduate level. Dr. Hohman's research interests include substance abuse assessment and treatment services and the overlap of substance abuse treatment and child welfare services. She has been a trainer in motivational interviewing since 1999, training community social workers, child welfare workers, probation officers, and addiction counselors across the United States.

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"I have been waiting for a book like this one. This much-needed volume will be of tremendous value to social workers who have struggled to engage and facilitate change in a broad range of client populations. It is rich with helpfully presented, annotated sample dialogues illustrating the skillful application of MI in social work contexts."--Andrew Hamid, PhD, School of Social Work, Columbia University

"This delightful book succeeds in putting MI into the context of social work education and practice. It explores the role of theory in MI, provides examples that are specific to social work, and clarifies how MI fits with social work values and ethics. The book closely examines the principles and skills of MI and provides plenty of practical sample interviews. I will use this book as a text in my master's-level social work courses. It will be a great resource for students as they begin to practice in a variety of settings."--Mary Marden Velasquez, PhD, Director, Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin; member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

"Finally there is a book that summarizes the vast literature on MI that is most relevant to social workers! What separates this from other MI books are the detailed descriptions of social workers' contributions to MI development and research and the discussion of how the model is consistent with social work values. Hohman has produced a remarkable book that is highly readable and chock full of interesting examples drawn from her personal journey learning MI and training others to use it. Social work educators will find this book very useful for a wide variety of practice classes."--Douglas C. Smith, PhD, LCSW, School of Social Work, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

"Providing an accessible, practical description of why and how to integrate motivational interviewing (MI) into social work practice, this text offers an invaluable discussion of one of the most empirically supported intervention approaches in the field today. With the charge to move toward evidence-based practice in social work, beginning and advanced practitioners alike will appreciate the fact that MI has been tested in nearly 300 clinical outcome studies. Hohman and colleagues offer detailed transcripts and clinical vignettes that break down the MI process into discrete, readily learned chunks. Students in foundation and advanced courses on social work practice, addictions treatment, and health and mental health social work will benefit from learning how MI principles and techniques can be applied to address the real-world challenges of common clinical scenarios."--Eric L. Garland, PhD, LCSW, College of Social Work and Trinity Institute for the Addictions, Florida State University

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