Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults by Sylvie Naar-King &Mariann Suarez New York, USA: The Guilford Press, 2011ISBN: 978-1-60918-062-1, 224 pp. Hardback. Price: A$48.00
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2013
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Drug and Alcohol Review
Volume 32, Issue 1, page 110, January 2013
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Henry-Edwards, S. (2013), Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults by Sylvie Naar-King &Mariann Suarez New York, USA: The Guilford Press, 2011ISBN: 978-1-60918-062-1, 224 pp. Hardback. Price: A$48.00. Drug and Alcohol Review, 32: 110. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-3362.2012.00503.x
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2013
Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents and Young Adults is the fourth in a series edited by Stephen Rollnick and William Miller with the overall title of Applications of Motivational Interviewing, which provides practical demonstrations of the use of motivational interviewing (MI) in a variety of contexts and populations.
As editors, Sylvie Naar-King and Marianna Suarez have brought together a diverse group of authors to produce this terrific resource for clinicians seeking to assist adolescents and young adults to make some changes in their life. Whether you are working with young people with health problems, such as diabetes, eating disorders, asthma or other disorders which require self-management and lifestyle changes, with young people engaged in hazardous or harmful use of alcohol, tobacco or illicit substances or with young people involved in the criminal justice system, in this book you will find practical strategies to assist young people to build and maintain motivation.
Part 1 is written by Naar-King and Suarez and provides a general introduction to MI, why it is useful when working with adolescents and young adults, and a brief review of typical development in adolescence and emerging adulthood. The authors then provide specific practical tips and detailed examples of how to translate the spirit and principles of MI into practice with young people in a way that takes account of their developmental stage and typical responses. This section of the book provides a very clear but brief introduction to MI and I would recommend that clinicians who are new to MI read it in conjunction with Miller and Rollnick's 2002 classic Motivational Interviewing.
In Part 2, guest authors experienced in working with young people contribute chapters on the application of MI to specific problems ranging from alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use, sexual risk reduction, psychiatric problems, eating disorders and obesity, to applications in schools and the juvenile justice system and in family-based interventions. Each chapter provides practical examples of the use of MI with young people as well as a discussion of research evidence of its effectiveness for the targeted topic and implications for further research.
In Part 3, Naar-King and Suarez return to discuss ethical considerations and provide guidance on developing proficiency in MI. In this section they draw on their experience as members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers and the research on MI training by Miller and others and, again, provide practical strategies for clinicians to learn MI and to develop and maintain their skills.
Overall, this book is well written, clear and practical, and would be a valuable addition to the professional library of any clinician working with adolescents and young adults.