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Motivational Interviewing in Schools: Conversations to Improve Behaviour and Learning

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 challenges more effective. Extensive sample dialogues bring to life the "do's and don'ts" of talking to K-12 students (and their parents) in ways that promote self-directed problem solving and personal growth. User-friendly features include learning exercises and reflection questions; aditional helpful resources are available at the companion website.

Contents:

  • I. Overview of Motivational Interviewing
  • 1. Conversations about Change
  • 2. What Is MI?
  • 3. The Style and the Spirit of MI
  • 4. A Conversation Map: Four Processes
  • 5. Core Skills
  • 6. Evoking: The Heart of MI
  • 7. Planning Changes
  • 8. The MI Approach to Giving Information and Advice
  • II. In Practice
  • 9. Behavior, Behavior, Behavior
  • 10. Learning
  • 11. Personal Growth
  • 12. Working with Families
  • III. Focused Applications
  • 13. Bullying
  • 14. At-Risk Students: MI Integrated with Other Approaches
  • 15. Dropout Prevention and Reengagement
  • 16. Transition to Life after School
  • IV. Broader Horizons
  • 17. Improving Your Knowledge and Skills
  • 18. Integrating MI in Schools
  • References Index

Author Bio:

Stephen Rollnick, PhD, is Honorary Distinguished Professor at the Cochrane Institute of Primary Care and Public Health at Cardiff University, United Kingdom. A clinical psychologist with many years of experience and a co-developer of MI, as well as a co-founder of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, Dr. Rollnick provides consultancy and training on the subjects of motivation, change, and MI. His research and guidelines for good practice have been widely published.

Richard Rutschman, EdD, is Senior Program Manager and Professional Development Facilitator at the Center for College Access and Success (formerly the Chicago Teachers’ Center) at Northeastern Illinois University. His professional experience in Chicago schools has included being a high school science and Spanish teacher and the principal of an alternative high school. Throughout his career, he has worked to support school improvement efforts focusing on student retention, engagement, leadership development, and preparation for postsecondary education.

Dr. Rutschman is a recipient of the Michael Stratton Practitioner Award from the International Association for Experiential Education, for his work using adventure initiatives in Chicago schools, and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

Sebastian G. Kaplan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Medicine, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Section, at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine. A former special education teacher, Dr. Kaplan currently focuses his clinical work on helping adolescents and their families overcome a variety of challenges to their growth and development. He has written and presented on the application of MI for pediatricians, mental health providers, and school personnel, and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

Review:

“As the role of MI is becoming more significant in schools, this is an ideal book to learn about the topic. Rollick, Rutschman, and Kaplan provide an excellent introduction to MI and a guide to using it in schools today.” - T. Chris Riley-Tillman, PhD, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri

“Good relationships in school are important, and this book offers a way forward—down-to-earth guidelines for improving interactions with students. After reading the book, I have been inspired to practice the skills every day.” - Andy Williams, Deputy Head, Monmouth Comprehensive School, Wales, United Kingdom.

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