This workbook is designed to help the beginning MI practitioner learn MI skills step-by-step, aided by clear explanations of key concepts, ample case examples, and worksheets for use in sessions with service users. Published in 2008, the Toolkit is based on the first 2 editions of the Miller and Rollnick MI text, but the content remains quite relevant to the practitioner. The authors, who have extensive experience in corrections and who wrote the first edition of the Toolkit for the UK Probation Service, also add some additional material borne out of real-world experience. For example, the authors add to the familiar 4 principles of MI a fifth principle of “Clarify Contracts” – a skill especially relevant to doing MI in settings where the service user, referral source, and agency providing the service may not share the same agenda and priorities.
Relative to Rosengren’s Building Motivational Interviewing Skills, A Toolkit of Motivational Skills provides somewhat simpler explanations, more basic instruction in the basic counseling skills underlying MI, and more practical tools (as suggested by the title) for structuring behavior change discussions. It may be of particular interest to those who have not had prior training in counseling skills or who work outside of what are typically considered “counseling” settings.