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The first teacher’s guide to the proven counseling approach known as motivational interviewing (MI), this pragmatic book shows how to use everyday interactions with students as powerful opportunities for change.
MI comprises skills and strategies that can make brief conversations about any kind of behavioral, academic, or peer-related challenge more effective. Extensive sample dialogues bring to life the “dos and don’ts” of talking to K–12 students (and their parents) in ways that promote self-directed problem solving and personal growth.
The authors include the distinguished codeveloper of MI plus two former classroom teachers. User-friendly features include learning exercises and reflection questions; additional helpful resources are available at the companion website. Written for teachers, the book will be recommended and/or used in teacher workshops by school psychologists, counselors, and social workers.
This title is part of the Applications of Motivational Interviewing Series, edited by Stephen Rollnick, William R. Miller, and Theresa B. Moyers.
“Every teacher is concerned about promoting positive motivation in students. This book shows exactly how to do so, not with the use of any special program but with everyday conversational interactions. MI begins with engagement, moves to focusing, evokes children’s goals and aspirations, and guides them in planning for accomplishment. Students are not explicitly asked to change, but change they do, and this book is filled with tips, scripts, examples, and practical wisdom toward building teachers’ expertise in this essential skill area.”
—Maurice J. Elias, PhD, Director, Rutgers Social–Emotional and Character Development Lab, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
“MI is grounded in a core belief that people can arrive at solutions to their problems or challenges if someone asks them the right questions. This book gives educators the keys to help students grapple with complex issues and decisions. MI can help you have a much more positive influence than simply telling a student what to do or how to do it.”
—Chad H. Adams, MA, Principal, Roger C. Sullivan High School, Chicago Public Schools