The new third edition of the classic Miller and Rollnick text Motivational Interviewing retains the readability and clinical grounding of prior editions, while presenting a much more comprehensive framework for understanding MI.
Readability and accessibility to diverse audiences begins with presentation of not one, but three, definitions of MI – each applicable to a specific purpose. Clinical relevance is enhanced by a new framework that emphasizes a set of four processes in the course of MI, and deeper consideration of ethical issues in MI and even MI in “equipoise” or when the emphasis of the intervention is on making a decision, rather influence toward a particular course of action.
I was skeptical at first of a reformulation that jettisoned the old familiar principles of MI, but was won over by the new four processes of MI. To me, the processes were instantly recognizable and quite helpful as a clinical roadmap and teaching/supervision tool. I have to admit, I’m still not sure what to make of MI in equipoise, but that may be a function of my own experience in addiction treatment and health-related behavior intervention. Let me know what you think.
The clinical practice of MI as outlined in the third edition is essentially the same as in the prior edition; only the explanatory constructs have changed. So there is no need to regret a recent purchase of the second edition! But, if you haven’t read any of the core MI texts yet, or want to be familiar with the most up-to-date ideas in MI, this is the place to start.
Learn more about the 3rd edition of Motivational Interviewing at Amazon.com