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How the Power of Motivational Interviewing Can Reveal What You Want and Help You Get There
Allan Zuckoff, PhD with Bonnie Gorscak, PhD
Forward by William R. Miller, PhD and Stephen Rollnick, PhD 
The Guilford Press
Having trouble with an important decision? Struggling to eliminate a bad habit or cultivate a good one? Uncertain if it's time for a change? Being stuck in ambivalence—torn between competing visions of what's right for you or plagued with doubts about your ability to get where you want to go—can leave you frustrated or even hopeless.
Finding Your Way to Change puts the power of motivational interviewing (MI)—a research-supported counseling style with a track record of helping people resolve even longstanding dilemmas in a remarkably short time—in your hands. MI helps you tap into the natural well of of internal motivation and capacity for positive action that is present in all of us by thinking in fresh ways about what you want and how you can get there. Available for the first time in book form, it provides concrete, practical steps for making and successfully carrying out the decision that feels right for you.
Praise for Finding Your Way to Change:

"One of the most empathetic books on the subject of altering behaviors... Recommended." 

 —Library Journal


“The method in this book can fuel the fire of change and help you move from despair to positive action. The exercises are wonderful. The book helped me think differently about a dilemma in my own life, and I found myself reading parts of it to a friend who came to me for advice.”

—Theresa B. Moyers, PhD, Department of Psychology and Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions, University of New Mexico


“A friend suggested that I read this book when she learned I was considering a career change. It provided me with a useful toolkit for considering what I want to do next, based on my own deep-seated interests and visions of my professional life. The concepts and techniques are easy to grasp. Previously, I tried to make difficult decisions by listing the pros and cons—this book offers a more sophisticated and thoughtful approach.”

—John F.


 "Changing our behaviors is a journey with lots of twists and turns. Including compassionate stories of people facing different challenges and problems, this book guides you to deal with ambivalence, find confidence, overcome false starts, handle well-meaning advice and nagging, and make personally meaningful decisions and plans. It provides great tools for achieving and sustaining changes in your life."

—Carlo C. DiClemente, PhD, ABPP, coauthor ofChanging for Good


“If you've ever said to yourself, 'I really want to change, but I just can't seem to do it,' you need to read this excellent book. Dr. Zuckoff knows that there are powerful forces within us that can sabotage our good intentions and best-laid plans. He gives you practical, scientifically grounded tools to help you understand why you're spinning your wheels and how to productively work through it.”

—Henny Westra, PhD, CPsych, Department of Psychology, York University, Canada


"Plenty of self-help books offer great ideas about how to make changes, but most are missing the most obvious and important ingredient—intrinsic motivation. Decades of research have proven that if we are not internally motivated to change, all the help in the world won't make a difference. Dr. Zuckoff provides the missing link in the world of personal growth. This book is a gem.”

—Joel Porter, PsyD, Clinical Director, Lives Lived Well, Brisbane, Australia; member, Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)
“I am thrilled that MI is now readily accessible to all in a practical, step-by-step format. The book reminds us that the most powerful force for change resides within each of us, and uses thought-provoking exercises to unleash this power. For anyone facing a difficult decision or need for personal change, this book offers a way forward.”

—Sandy Downey, MS, LPC, psychotherapist, Harrisonburg, Virginia
“A lucid roadmap for those struggling to make changes in their lives, this book uses a scientifically proven approach to help you move forward from feeling stuck to creating a plan of action. Written exercises encourage reflection and self-discovery and help you explore your ambivalence, goals, and dilemmas. Superb examples of five easy-to-relate-to people making important changes accompany you through the process.”

—Holly A. Swartz, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
"How do you take a relationship-based approach, demonstrated to help people make changes with intractable problems, and translate it to a self-help book? The answer is brilliant, as is this book. Drs. Zuckoff and Gorscak guide us through a journey of discovery in that most intimate and difficult relationship—the one with ourselves. Our traveling companions on this trek—Alec, Barbara, Colin, Dana & Ellie—illustrate the challenges of being stuck, the way through the mire and the joys that accompany our emergence on the other side. This book, steeped in the wisdom of Motivational Interviewing, will gain that esteemed place on our bookshelves reserved for books that changed us."

 David B. Rosengren, PhD, Prevention Research Institute; author, Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook 



“This book is a compassionate companion that helps you draw on your strengths and proceed at your own pace to unlock your capacity for change. It provides a nonjudgmental, step-by-step approach that can lead you to take brave new actions that fulfill your needs.”

Nancy K. Grote, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Washington
“This book is designed to help you get unstuck from ambivalence and move ahead with positive changes you might choose to make in your life….The authors do not dispense quick tricks or promise to give you something that you lack. Rather they help you find that which you already have within you and draw out your own motivations for and wisdom about change. Change in the face of ambivalence is a very common human predicament. We applaud the authors for translating the science and practice of MI into a useful skills-based book for anyone who wants to find his or her way to change.”

—from the Foreword by William R. Miller, PhD, and Stephen Rollnick, PhD


Counseling and Systems Strategies for Substance Abuse and Dual Disorders
Dennis C. Daley & Allan Zuckoff
Hazelden Press
This book, written for clinicians, provides a practical approach for increasing treatment engagement, adherence, participation, and completion in clients with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. Sections I and II, written by Dennis C. Daley, PhD, present a variety of counseling and systems strategies; Section III, written by Allan Zuckoff, PhD, describes in detail how motivational interviewing can be used at each stage of the treatment process—initial contact, first meeting, early sessions, and ongoing treatment—to enhance motivation for treatment and change.

Hal Arkowitz, William R. Miller, & Stephen Rollnick (Editors)
The Guilford Press
This book is comprised of chapters describing the application of motivational interviewing to problems related to anxiety, depression, suicidality, addiction, eating disorders, compulsive gambling, intimate partner violence, and smoking. The book also includes excellent chapters on learning MI and the state of the art of MI research. It includes two chapters by Allan Zuckoff, PhD and colleagues on MI to improve treatment engagement in people with depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Preparing People For Change
William R. Miller & Stephen Rollnick
The Guilford Press
This is the second edition of the standard text on motivational interviewing. The first half of the book is written by William R. Miller, PhD and Stephen Rollnick, PhD, the developers of MI; the second half is comprised of contributed chapters. It includes a chapter by Allen Zweben, DSW and Allan Zuckoff, PhD, titled "Motivational Interviewing and Treatment Adherence." Though now surpassed by the third edition, Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, several of the contributed chapters remain useful resources.

Group Approaches to Treatment
Leon A. Schein, Henry I. Spitz, Gary M. Burlingame, & Philip R. Muskin (Editors)
A comprehensive guide for how to precent and treat psychological trauma resulting from terrorist attacks and natural disasters, this book provides thorough presentations of group interventions for acute and longer-term psychological effects in children, adolescents, and adults. It includes a chapter by M. Katherine Shear, MD, Allan Zuckoff, PhD, Nadine Melhem, MD, and Bonnie J. Gorscak, PhD, titled "The Syndrome of Traumatic Grief and its Treatment." 

John C. Markowitz & Myrna Weissman (Editors)
Oxford University Press
This book  illustrates the use of interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) with patients with a range of conditions (including mood, anxiety, eating, and personality disorders) in a variety of contexts and treatment formats (including group therapy, inpatient settings, and telephone therapy). It includes a chapter by Nancy K. Grote, PhD, Holly A. Swartz, MD, and Allan Zuckoff, PhD, titled "Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Women with Depression Living on Low Incomes."

Allan Zuckoff (Editor)
University Library Services, University of Pittsburgh
MITRIP was the online, open access (free) journal of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers. It included original articles, book and DVD reviews, and light-hearted contributions related to MI, in sections including Training & Supervision, Theory & Research, Practice, International MINT, and Features & Communication. Allan Zuckoff, PhD was the founding editor of the journal.

The MINT Bulletin—formerly Motivational Interviewing Newsletter for Trainers (MINT), formerly Motivational Interviewing Newsletter: Updates, Education, and Training (MINUET)— was the newsletter of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers from 1994 - 2010. In 2004 Allan Zuckoff, PhD, was appointed editor, and in that capacity oversaw its transformation into a periodical that published original articles on MI training, theory, and practice, special features including "Virtual Symposia," and proceedings of the annual MINT Forum. An archive of all back issues can be found on the MINT website.  

Motivational Interviewing Resources from Other Authors
For a listing of books on MI, with links to more information and ways of purchasing them, click the picture of William R. Miller, PhD & Stephen Rollnick, PhD, Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change.

For a listing of DVDs and other multimedia resources on MI, with links to more information and ways of purchasing them, click the picture of the 2-DVD set, Theresa Moyers, PhD, William R. Miller, PhD, and Stephen Rollnick, PhD, Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change.

Journal Articles

Motivational Interviewing; Treatment Engagement and Adherence


Swartz, H.A., Cyranowski, J.M., Cheng, Y., Zuckoff, A., Brent, D.A., Markowitz, J.C., Martin, S., Amole, M.C., Ritchey, F., & Frank, E. (2016). Brief psychotherapy for maternal depression: Impact on mothers and children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 55, 495-503.


Gold, M.A., Tzilos, G.K., Stein, L.A.R., Anderson, B.J., Stein, M.D., Ryan, C.M., Zuckoff, A., & DiClemente, C. (2016). A randomized controlled trial to compare computer-assisted motivational intervention with didactic educational counseling to reduce unprotected sex in female adolescents. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, 29, 26-32.


Dew, M.A., DiMartini, A.F., DeVito Dabbs, A.J., Zuckoff, A., Tan, H.P., McNulty, M.L., Switzer, G.E., Fox, K.R., Greenhouse, J.B., & Humar, A. (2013). Preventive intervention for living donor psychosocial outcomes:  Feasibility and efficacy in a randomized controlled trial.  American Journal of Transplantation,  13, 2672-2684.

Glassman, S., Kottsieper, P., & Zuckoff, A. (2013). Supporting persistence in recovery: Hope, meaning, and empowerment in motivational interviewing. Advances in Dual Diagnosis, 6, 106-120.

Madson, M. B., Mohn, R., Zuckoff, A., Schumacher, J. A., Kogan, J., Hutchison, S., Magee, E., & Stein, B. (2013). Measuring client perceptions of motivational interviewing: Factor analysis of the Client Evaluation of Motivational Interviewing scale. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 44, 330-335.

Dew, M.A., Zuckoff, A., DiMartini, A.F., DeVito Dabbs, A.J., McNulty, M.L., Fox, K.R., Switzer, G.E., Humar, A., Tan, H. (2012). Prevention of poor psychosocial outcomes in living organ donors: From description to theory-driven intervention development. Progress in Transplantation, 22, 280-292.  
Maher, M.J., Wang, Y., Zuckoff, A., Wall, M.W., Franklin, M., Foa, E.G., & Simpson, H.B. (2012). Predictors of patient adherence to cognitive behavioral therapy for obsessive compulsive disorder. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 81, 124-126.

Simpson, H.B., Marcus, S.M., Zuckoff, A., Franklin, M., & Foa, E.B. (2012). Patient adherence to cognitive-behavioral therapy predicts long-term outcome in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 73, 1265-1266.
Zuckoff, A. (2012). Why won’t my patients do what’s good for them? Motivational interviewing and treatment adherence. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 8, 514-521.
Zuckoff, A. & Dew, M.A. (2012). Research on MI in equipoise: The case of living organ donation. Motivational Interviewing: Training, Research, Implementation, Practice, 1, 1, 39-41.
Audrain-McGovern, J., Stevens, S., Murray, P., Kinsman, S., Zuckoff, A., Pletcher, J., Moss, D., Baumritter, A., Kalkhuis-Beam, S., Carlson, E., Rodriguez, D., & Wileyto, E. (2011). The efficacy of motivational interviewing versus brief advice for adolescent smoking behavior change. Pediatrics, 128, e101-e111.


Simpson, H.B. & Zuckoff, A. (2011). Using motivational interviewing to enhance treatment outcome in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice,18, 28-37.


Simpson, H.B., Zuckoff, A., Maher, M.J., Page, J., Franklin, M.E., & Foa, E.B., Schmidt, A.B., & Wang, Y. (2010). Challenges using motivational interviewing as an adjunct to exposure therapy for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behavior Research and Therapy, 48, 941-948.
Grote, N.K., Swartz, H.A., Geibel, S., Zuckoff, A., Houck, P.R., & Frank, E. (2009). A randomized trial of culturally relevant, brief psychotherapy for perinatal depression. Psychiatric Services, 60, 313-321. 


Grote, N.K., Swartz, H.A., & Zuckoff, A. (2008). Enhancing interpersonal psychotherapy for mothers and expectant mothers on low incomes: Adaptations and additions. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 38, 23-33.


Simpson, H.B., Zuckoff, A., Page, J., Franklin, M.E., & Foa, E.B. (2008). Adding motivational interviewing to exposure and ritual prevention for obsessive-compulsive disorder: An open pilot trial. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 37, 38-49.
Swartz, H.A., Frank, E., Zuckoff, A., Cyranowski, J.M., Houck, P.R., Cheng, Y., Fleming, M.A., Grote, N.K., Brent, D.A., & Shear, M.K. (2008). Brief interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed mothers whose children are receiving psychiatric treatment. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165, 1155-1162.
Grote, N.K., Zuckoff, A., Swartz, H.A., Bledsoe, S.E., & Geibel, S. (2007). Engaging women who are depressed and  economically disadvantaged in mental health treatment. Social Work, 52, 295-308.

Swartz, H.A., Zuckoff, A., Grote, N.K., Spielvogle, H., Bledsoe, S.E., Shear, M.K., & Frank, E. (2007). Engaging depressed patients in psychotherapy: Integrating techniques from motivational interviewing and ethnographic interviewing to improve treatment participation. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 38, 430-439.


Swartz, H.A., Zuckoff, A., Frank, E., Spielvogle, H.N., Shear, M.K., Fleming, M.A.D., & Scott, J. (2006). An open-label trial of enhanced brief interpersonal psychotherapy in depressed mothers whose children are receiving psychiatric treatment. Depression and Anxiety, 23, 398-404. 


 Zuckoff, A., & Daley, D.C. (2001). Engagement and adherence issues in treating persons with non-psychosis dual disorders. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Skills, 5, 131-162. 


Zuckoff, A., & Daley, D.C. (1999). Dropout prevention and dual diagnosis clients. The Counselor, March/April, 23-27. 

Daley, D.C., Salloum, I.M., Zuckoff, A., Kirisci, L., & Thase, M.E. (1998). Increasing treatment compliance among outpatients with depression and cocaine dependence:  Results of a pilot study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 155, 1611-1613.


Daley, D.C. & Zuckoff, A. (1998). Improving compliance with the initial outpatient session among discharged inpatient dual diagnosis clients. Social Work, 43, 470-473.

Complicated Grief


Zuckoff, A., Shear, K., Frank, E., Daley, D.C., Seligman, K., & Silowash, R. (2006). Treating complicated grief and substance use disorders: A pilot study. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 30, 205-211.
Shear, M.K., Zuckoff, A., & Frank, E. (2001). The syndrome of traumatic grief. CNS Spectrums, 6, 339-346.


Interpersonal Psychotherapy


Miller, M.D., Richards, V., Zuckoff, A., Martire, L.M., Morse, J., Frank, E., & Reynolds III, C.F. (2006). A model for modifying interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for depressed elders with cognitive impairment. Clinical Gerontologist, 30, 79-101.