Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Human Behavior (Perspectives in Social Psychology)

 This book is primarily about self-determination and competence (with particular emphasis on the former), and about the processes and structures that relate to these needs. The need for interpersonal relat­edness, while no less important, remains to be explored, and the findings from those explorations will need to be integrated with the present theory to develop a broad, organismic theory of human motivation. 

By Edward Deci, Richard M. Ryan

Motivational Enhancement Therapy manual: A clinical research guide for therapists treating individuals with alcohol abuse and dependence


The manual guides therapists in developing the five components of MET that make it ideal for personalized treatment.  Behavioral therapists and social workers who care for clients with addiction problems will find the MET techniques extremely helpful, particularly if step-programs have proven unsuccessful. 

Miller, W. R., Zweben, A., DiClemente, C. C., & Rychtarik, R. G. (1992). Rockville, MD: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. 

Clinical health psychology and primary care: Practical advice and clinical guidance for successful collaboration.

This book will promote health psychology research and clinical practice in the primary care setting for the benefit of both patients and physicians.


By Robert J. Gatchel, Mark S. Oordt

Promoting Health Through Organizational Change

Promoting Health approaches health behavior change in a comprehensive way. By bridging the gap between patients and organizations, this book teaches students and health professionals how to productively focus their energies on improvement initiatives and how to develop the practical skills necessary for effecting change. 


By Harvey Skinner

The Handbook of Self-Determination Research

Eighteen chapters, including an overview of self-determination theory, present the current state of the research in this scientifically rigorous, yet highly relevant, approach to studying motivational problems in various life domains. 

University of Rochester Press

Counseling problem gamblers: A self-regulation manual for individual and family therapy.

This book's first chapter makes clear, problem gambling differs significantly from substance abuse, its nearest clinical relative. Not attending to these differences leads to poor results and clinical failure. This book is the one essential tool needed by clinicians treating or likely to treat problem gambling. Written by a clinician with wide experience, it is intended for the general clinician treating or likely to treat problem gambling desiring a comprehensive, yet user-friendly guide. 


By Joseph W. Ciarrocchi

Double-Jeopardy : Chronic Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

 This book provides a practical examination of the problem of substance use and abuse among persons with chronic mental disorders. Epidemiologic, diagnostic, and treatment issues are examined, as well as the problems of special populations and systems issues.


By Lisa B Dixon

Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward

This groundbreaking book offers simple self-assessments, informative case histories, and concrete examples to help clarify each stage and process. Whether your goal is to start saving money, to stop drinking, or to end other self-defeating or addictive behaviors, this revolutionary program will help you implement positive personal change . . . for life.

William Morrow Paperbacks

Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy Volume I: Adult Clinical Applications Volume II: Child Clinical Applications Volume III: Educational Applications

Miller, W. R. (2005). Motivational interviewing. In M. Hersen & J. Rosqvist. Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Vol 1. Adult Clinical Applications, pp. 383-389. Thousand Oaks, CA: 


Miller, W. R. (2005). Motivational enhancement therapy. In M. Hersen & J. Rosqvist.. Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Vol 1. Adult Clinical Applications, pp. 379-383. Thousand Oaks, CA: 

By Michel Hersen

Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis 6th Edition

Comprehensive, systematic, and balanced, SYSTEMS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY uses a wealth of clinical case illustrations to help readers understand a wide variety of psychotherapies--including psychoanalytic, psychodynamic, existential, person-centered, experiential, interpersonal, exposure, behavioral, cognitive, systemic, multicultural, and integrative.

By James O. Prochaska, John C. Norcross

Group Treatment for Substance Abuse: A Stages-of-change Therapy Manual

This practical manual presents a 29-session treatment program designed to engage, motivate, and stimulate processes of change in clients at all stages of recovery. The program is based on the research-supported transtheoretical model of behavior change. The manual describes skills-building activities and interventions that are likely to be most effective with clients as they cycle from the earlier stages of change/m-/precontemplation, contemplation, and preparation/m-/to the later stages, action and maintenance.

By Mary Velasquez, Gaylyn Gaddy Maurer, Cathy Crouch, Carlo C. DiClemente

Can personality change?

"Can personality change?", is a question that has absorbed psychologists since William James first proposed that personality was "set in plaster" by early adulthood. While there is substantial evidence for both personality stability and change, the trick is to understand what changes and what does not, when to expect stability and when to expect change, and why these occur as they do.


Miller, W. R., & C'deBaca, J. (1994). Quantum change: Toward a psychology of transformation. In T. Heatherton & J. Weinberger (Eds.), Can personality change? (pp. 253-280). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association 

Ambivalence in Psychotherapy Facilitating Readiness to Change

Why is change often so hard to accomplish, even for people who spend considerable time, money, and effort in the attempt? How can therapy clients get unstuck and work steadily toward desired goals? This book presents an integrative model of ambivalence in psychotherapy and presents effective, practical ways to recognize and deal with it. Emphasis is given to two techniques with significant empirical support: motivational interviewing and the two-chair approach.



By David E. Engle PhD, Hal Arkowitz PhD

Psychotherapy and Substance Abuse: A Practitioner's Handbook

Unlike other resources on the treatment of substance abuse, this volume is written specifically for nonspecialists working in mental health facilities, hospitals, private practice, or other clinical settings that are not specialized chemical dependency programs.

Rollnick, S., & Morgan, M. (1995). Motivational interviewing: Increasing readiness to change. In A. Washton (Eds.), Psychotherapy and substance abuse: A practitioner?s handbook (pp. 179-191). New York: Guilford Press. 

The handbook of health behavior change

Substantially revised to reflect current trends in the field of health behavior change, this new edition of the highly acclaimed "gold standard" text continues to provide a comprehensive overview of behavior change as it relates to public health. It has been extensively reorganized to eliminate redundancies in the earlier edition, and takes a broader, more pragmatic approach in its coverage of health behavior change.

Goldstein, Michael G; DePue, Judith; Kazura, Alessandra; Niaura, Raymond. Models for provider-patient interaction: Applications to health behavior change. [Chapter] Shumaker, Sally A. (Ed); Schron, Eleanor B. (Ed); et al. (1998).


Bonica's Management of Pain (4th Edition)

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The Fourth Edition, with a brand-new editorial team, Bonica's Management of Pain will be the leading textbook and clinical reference in the field of pain medicine. An international group of the foremost experts provides comprehensive, current, clinically oriented coverage of the entire field. The contributors describe contemporary clinical practice and summarize the evidence that guides clinical practice.

by Scott M. Fishman MD (Editor), Jane C. Ballantyne MD FRCA (Editor), James P. Rathmell MD (Editor)

Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives.

Most of us walk through each day expecting few surprises. If we want to better ourselves or our lives, we map out a path of gradual change, perhaps in counseling or psychotherapy. Psychologists William Miller and Janet C'de Baca were longtime scholars and teachers of traditional approaches to self-improvement when they became intrigued by a different sort of change that was sometimes experienced by people they encountered--something often described as "a bolt from the blue" or "seeing the light." And when they placed a request in a local newspaper for people's stories of unexpected personal transformation, the deluge of responses was astounding.


William R. Miller, and Janet C'de Baca. (2001). Quantum Change: When Epiphanies and Sudden Insights Transform Ordinary Lives. Guilford Press. Abstract available (fee for complete article):



Integrating Spirituality Into Treatment: Resources for Practitioners


Psychology was originally concerned with mind, body and spirit. This volume re-establishes the importance of spirituality while integrating it into the mainstream of sound psychological practice. Topics covered include acceptance, forgiveness, hope, values and control.

Edited by Miller, W.R. (1999). Integrating Spirituality Into Treatment 

Antisocial personality disorder. A practitioner's guide to comparative treatments


Patients with antisocial personality disorder (APD) have traditionally been considered difficult ot treat, or even untreatable, with psychotherapy. Recent clinical and research developments, however, have begun to change this view. In this book. both experienced and novice clinicians will gain an understanding of the developments in this area of psychotherapy.

Rotgers and Maniacci present experts in the field of various models of treatment, among them Adlerian, biosocial-learning, motivational interviewing, Rogerian and psychopharmacological, to identify treatment goals, select assessment tools, conceptualize progression, pinpoint pitfalls, develop techniques, and move toward a successful therapeutic completion. 




By Frederick, PsyD, ABPP Rotgers