January 2017 Recommended Reading List

Motivational Interviewing- Third Edition- Helping People Change 

This is a great book for those who want both the basics and the elevator view on MI and its application. Miller and Rollnick provide a comprehensive view of the MI processes, day-to-day application considerations, as well as fundamental research outcomes.  This is a bookthat I periodically come back to time after time for review.  I recommend this book to many of my trainee's when they ask for a good MI book!!!

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Motivational Interviewing: A Guidebook for Beginners 2nd Edition

This ebook is the single-most simple, succinct, yet significant source of MI information that I know of! It’s short and can be read quickly. Matulich provides concrete examples and helpful ways of organizing the MI approach in a way that’s easy to keep in mind and harness when interacting with your interviewee or trainees. From professionals trained in MI, to students who have never been exposed to MI, all have benefited from reading this book to get down the fundamentals of MI in a way that simplifies the process for practicing. Many have reported that it helps them make better sense of the overall MI approach and when to integrate various techniques more or less often. Once this foundation of thinking from the book has been established in the mind of the MI practitioner, there seems to be better ease of integrating more nuanced aspects of MI from that point forward. - John Gilbert

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Building Motivational Interviewing Skills & practitioner workbook

The Building Motivational Interviewing Skills book is a great resource for individuals and groups that are looking for activities and exercises to increase their skills"  After individuals receive MI training they are usually hungry to continue building their skills.  After they get back into their lives and offices they then ask themselves - now what do I do?   This is a great book to answer that question...  I recommend this book for those who want to find exercises and activities that they can do on their own or with others to continue their journey of practicing and building their skills.  

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What it Really Takes to Learn the Foundational Best- Practice for Motivation & Change: Myth-Busting the Motivational Interviewing Learning Process

This is an article written by John Gilbert of IFIOC.

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Dental Health Research

Weinstein, P., Harrison, R., & Benton, T. (2004). Motivating Parents to Prevent Caries in Their Young Children - One-Year Findings. Journal of the American Dental Association, 135, 731-738. View Article

Harrison, R., Veronneau, J., & Leroux, B. (2010). Design and Implementation of a Dental Caries Prevention Trial in Remote Canadian Aboriginal Communities. Trials, 11.View Article

Weinstein P, Harrison R, & Benton T. (2006). Motivating mothers to prevent caries: confirming the beneficial effect of counseling. Journal of the American Dental Association, 137, 789-793.View Article

Almomani, F., Williams, K., Catley, D., & Brown, C. (2009). Effects of an Oral Health Promotion Program in People With Mental Illness. Journal of Dental Research, 88(7), 648-652.

Koerber A, Crawford J, O'Connell K. The effects of teaching dental students brief motivational interviewing for smoking-cessation counseling: a pilot study. J Dent Educ. 2003 Apr;67(4):439-47.View Article

White LG, & Pollex SS.(2005). Tobacco: motivational interviewing to empower behavior change. Texas Dental Journal, 122, 528-32.View Article

Koerber A, Crawford J, O'Connell K. The effects of teaching dental students brief motivational interviewing for smoking-cessation counseling: a pilot study. J Dent Educ. 2003 Apr;67(4):439-47.View Article

Koerber A, Crawford J, O'Connell K. The effects of teaching dental students brief motivational interviewing for smoking-cessation counseling: a pilot study. J Dent Educ. 2003 Apr;67(4):439-47.View Article

Yevlahova, D., & Satur, J. (2009). Models for Individual Oral Health Promotion and Their Effectiveness: a Systematic Review. Australian Dental Journal, 54(3), 190-197.


Cascaes AM, et al. (2014). Effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing at Improving Oral Health: a Systemic Review. Rev Saude Publica. 2014 Feb;48(1):142-53. View Article- We found inconclusive effectiveness for most oral health outcomes. We need more and better designed and reported interventions to fully assess the impact of MI on oral health and understand the appropriate dosage for the counseling interventions.


Batliner T, et al. (2014).  Motivational interviewing with American Indian mothers to prevent early childhood caries: study design and methodology of a randomized control trial. Trials. 2014 Apr 14;15(1):125. [Epub ahead of print] -View Article - The protocol provides a unique model for oral health interventions using principles of community-based participatory research and is currently on schedule to meet study objectives. If the study is successful, motivational interviewing intervention can be applied in AI communities to reduce ECC disparities in this disadvantaged population, with study of further applicability in other populations and settings.Trial registration: NCT01116726.www.Clinicaltrials.gov.

"Old dogs" and new skills: how clinician characteristics relate to motivational interviewing skills before, during, and after training.

Carpenter, KM, Cheng WY, Smith JL, Brooks AC, Amrhein PC, Wain RM, Nunes EV. (2012). J Consult Clin Psychol, 560-73. 

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- [Telephone Coaching Delivery (TCS)], which provided immediate feedback during practice sessions, was most effective for increasing MI Spirit and reflective listening among clinicians with no graduate degree and stronger vocabulary performances. [Video Tape (AT)] supervision was more effective for increasing these skills among clinicians with a graduate degree. Further, TCS and AT were most likely to enhance MI Spirit among clinicians with low average to average verbal and abstract reasoning performances.

Treatment Fidelity of Motivational Interviewing Delivered by a School Nurse to Increase Girls’ Physical Activity

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Robbins, et al. J Sch Nurs. Feb 2012; 28(1): 70-78. 

  • The following four areas related to treatment fidelity were addressed: (a) study design, (b) training of interventionists, (c) intervention delivery, and (d) intervention receipt. Findings showed that 34 of 37 (91.9%) girls completed all three sessions. An initial motivational interviewing training workshop followed by evaluation of audio-taped sessions with constructive feedback can result in successful and consistent delivery by a school nurse.

Motivational interviewing to increase physical activity in people with chronic health conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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O’Holloran, et al.Clin Rehabil. 2014 Dec;28(12):1159-71.

  • The addition of motivational interviewing to usual care may lead to modest improvements in physical activity for people with chronic health conditions...Sensitivity analysis based on trials that confirmed treatment fidelity produced a larger effect.

What it Really Takes to Learn the Foundational Best- Practice for Motivation & Change: Myth-Busting the Motivational Interviewing Learning Process

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By John Gilbert, MS, RD, RHC-III, ACSM-CEP® john.gilbert@ifioc.com


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Intention: The intention of the information below is to provide evidence-based clarity in achieving the outcomes found with the best-practice foundation in motivation and behavior change—Motivational Interviewing (MI). Much confusion, misperception and strong opinion exist regarding MI, at least in part to its fast and wide spread popularity and perceived prevalence of fidelity. Below is an attempt at capturing as much of the research and relevant quotes from such studies that this author could find in the allotted time of its creation. If you think it would benefit from further information, amendments, etc…, then your feedback would gratefully be considered if you send it to john.gilbert@ifioc.com. With the information below, you can make a more evidence-informed choice for you and/or your organization depending on whether you want to:
A. Be able to do and provide MI with likely outcome improvements seen in fidelity studies
B. Know about MI with concepts/acronyms and likely without skill transfer to achieve associated outcomes and return on investment (be it time, money, effort, or otherwise)
This document is focused on informing you on the prior (A.), with the answer to the latter (B.), being much more basic given it’s virtually any training in MI that you receive that does not include the components below. The content below is relevant to all working environments for which MI has been studied (many as you will see), with a special emphasis within the health care field for the initial intended audience of Functional and Lifestyle Medicine professionals.

Motivational interviewing and the prevention of HIV among adolescents.

Motivational interviewing and the prevention of HIV among adolescents.


Brown, Larry K; Lourie, Kevin J.  [Chapter] Monti, Peter M. (Ed); Colby, Suzanne M. (Ed). (2001). Adolescents, alcohol, and substance abuse: Reaching teens through brief interventions. (pp. 244-274). New York, NY, US: The Guilford Press. xvi, 350pp.



Motivational Interviewing and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Cathy Cole on Motivational Interviewing

An expert MI trainer and practitioner discusses the foundations and applications of Motivational Interviewing. Learn how MI can be used with clients struggling with addiction and PTSD, and get a sneak peek into the MI training process -

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Treating Substance Abuse in Men. The new handbook of psychotherapy and counseling with men: A comprehensive guide to settings, problems, and treatment approaches (Rev. & abridged ed.).

Isenhart, C. (2005). Good, Glenn E.; Brooks, Gary R.; San Francisco, CA, US: Jossey-Bass, 134-146. Book