To the best of my knowledge this is the first book on Motivational Interviewing in dentistry geared toward an audience of practicing dental professionals rather than an academic text. The author is a dentist and long-time proponent of a Rogerian person-centered approach to the relationship in dentistry. He sees Motivational Interviewing’s structure and emphasis on guiding as a way of making the person-centered or patient-centered approach more accessible to dental professionals.
Contents are broken into six main parts. The first outlines the history and philosophical assumptions and beliefs of the person-centered approach in dentistry, makes a case for the use of MI, identifies barriers to effective conversations about change, and outlines the processes of MI. Each of the next four parts focus on the four processes of MI in order: Engaging, Focusing, Evoking, and Planning. The sixth part describes Motivational Interviewing in everyday dental practice. Finally, several appendices provide supplemental information and resources.
I have only previewed the contents and first chapter of the book so I cannot vouch for how successfully the author brings MI concepts and skills to life or the extent to which he addresses the specific needs of dental team members. I will update this review when I have more information; in the meantime, if you are familiar with this book, please let me know what you think.