Motivational Interviewing
by William R. Miller
See William R. Miller utilize Motivational Interviewing in an actual counseling session with a client struggling with smoking cessation and drinking.

Part of the 7-video series: Brief Therapy for Addictions
William R. Miller is the founder of Motivational Interviewing, an approach originally developed for use in the addictions field, but now widely used in counseling, healthcare, criminal justice, education, and other settings. In this video you'll have the opportunity to witness Miller apply the principles of MI in an actual client session.

Dr. Miller demonstrates how Motivational Interviewing helps people resolve their ambivalence about changing addictive behaviors. The therapist creates an atmosphere that is conducive to change by expressing empathy and encouragement, rolling with resistance, and helping the client explore the gaps between their current behaviors and the life they would like to lead. In this video, Dr. Miller works with a client who is considering changing his alcohol use and smoking habits. Jon Carlson and Judy Lewis introduce Dr. Miller, and facilitate an in-depth discussion of the further impact and uses of the model.

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What therapists are saying…

"Dr. Miller raises provocative questions about traditional treatment for addictions and offers an effective, client-centered, empirically supported alternative. He demonstrates how to harness the natural desire for change and how to see “resistance” as an outgrowth of the therapist-client relationship. His method has great relevance, regardless of theoretical orientation or presenting problem."

-- Albert Dytch, MFT, Oakland, California
"Overall the video was a terrific opportunity to learn about motivational interviewing from MI pioneer William Miller. In addition to interview/didactic portions where he clearly lays out the philosophy and essential components of MI, viewers are treated to a lengthy live session with a volunteer client. I especially appreciated Dr. Miller's explanation and demonstration of how MI has it's roots in Rogerian, client-centered therapy, and that it has its power in drawing out clients (rather than confronting them), focusing on their inner resources, and facilitating clients' expression and awareness of discrepancies between where they want to go and where they are."

-- Robert A. Nemerovski, PsyD, San Francisco, California
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From watching this video, you will:

• Develop an understanding of the key concepts of Motivational Interviewing and its relevance in addictions counseling today.
• Gain insight into William R. Miller's therapy style, and how he fosters change by utilizing empathy, exploration and encouragement.
• Learn how to apply Motivational Interviewing to help your clients successfully tackle their addictions and other life challenges.

This is an excellent single-session discussion and demonstration of the key concepts of MI. For an updated, and more comprehensive presentation of Motivational Interviewing, please see our 4-video series, Motivational Interviewing Step by Step.

Length of video: 1:42:00

Number of Discs: 1

English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD

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Individual ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-082-1

Individual ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-082-8

Group ISBN-10 #: 1-60124-083-X

Group ISBN-13 #: 978-1-60124-083-5

William R. Miller, PhD, the originator of Motivational Interviewing, is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico and Director of Research for UNM's Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse & Addictions. Dr. Miller has published 25 books and more than 200 articles and chapters on the treatment of alcoholism and other addictive behaviors.

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CE credits: 5

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of the key concepts of Motivational Interviewing and its relevance in addictions counseling today.
  • Gain insight into William R. Miller's therapy style, and how he fosters change by utilizing empathy, exploration and encouragement.
  • Learn how to apply Motivational Interviewing to help your clients successfully tackle their addictions and other life challenges.
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