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EP13 Invited Address 17 – Motivational Interviewing and The Language of Change – William Miller, PhD

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Invited Addresses |  Interviewing |  Therapist Development |  Motivation |  Psychotherapy
Evolution of Psychotherapy |  Evolution of Psychotherapy 2013
William Miller, PhD
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Original Program Date:
Dec 15, 2013
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Motivational interviewing facilitates a natural process of “talking oneself into change.” Dr. Miller will provide an overview of the clinical method of motivational interviewing and its underlying psycholinguistic processes, based on recent research linking therapist and client in-session speech to behavioral outcomes. These dynamics appear to predict successful outcomes across a variety of psychotherapies.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Explain the role of client change talk in helping people change.
  2. Explain how following a therapist manual can affect the efficacy of motivational interviewing.
  3. Explain how a “decisional balance” procedure can undermine motivation for change.

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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Dr. Miller is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico.  He has published over 400 professional articles and chapters and 50 books including Loving kindness (2017), Motivational Interviewing (2013), Controlling Your Drinking (2013), Treating Addiction (2011), and Quantum Change (2001).  The Institute for Scientific Information has listed him as one of the world's most cited scientists.