MI IN PRACTICE: THE CHICAGO INTERVIEWS | Practitioner: Prof. William R. Miller
The Chicago Interviews are two highly detailed case studies of single interviews; the first with a woman with complex problems involving every aspect of her life - not least, her intermittent use of crack cocaine; the second with a young man struggling with addiction and the aftermath of unsuccessful surgery. At the core of each real-life interview is a digital audio recording and its transcript. Both are extremely moving sound portraits of MI in practice.
The main components of the resource run in unique Listen & Read software that enables the user to hear the dialogue whilst following the automated transcript on-screen. The general agreement is that the learning potential of this system is far greater than a straightforward video recording.
Prof. Miller and an international group of eminent MI clinicians, trainers, coaches and researchers have provided detailed commentaries which are embedded in the software. These commentaries assist the learner in appreciating the core processes of engaging, focussing, evoking and planning. The commentators do not speak with one voice - learners must reach their own conclusions about what is helpful and why. Practitioners at all levels of MI proficiency will find something of interest in the diversity and richness of the commentaries. We estimate that to study these materials in depth may take around six hours. Users will find this software package is a valuable adjunct to the principal textbooks.
- Client A - female: a 30-minute interview
- Client B - male: a 47-minute interview
- Detailed interactive commentary by Prof. Miller explaining what he was doing, and why
- Printable versions of the detailed commentaries on the interviews from an international group of MI specialists
- Large format setting for use with data projectors
- Briefings on the context, the clients and the practitioner
- Printable versions of all the transcripts
- Printable versions of the coding analysis using SCOPE and MITI 3.1.1
- On-screen navigation guide
- Glossary of vernacular terms
William R. Miller (USA), Denise Ernst (USA), Antoni Gual (Spain), Gian Paolo Guelfi (Italy), Sue Hudson Craufurd (Scotland), Yasmin Mossavar-Rahmani (USA), Christina Näsholm (Sweden), Hans-Jürgen Rumpf (Germany), Guy Undrill (England), Henny Westra (Canada) and Allan Zuckoff (USA)
Client A | Denise B. Ernst PhD writes:
‘The beauty of this interview lies in the depth of the story. The counselor was able to elicit a story filled with ambivalence, steeped in conflicting emotions, and complete with vivid imagery of the problem created by the client. This is only possible because the counselor is listening with eyes, ears, and heart while at the same time keeping the focus on the hopeful, affirming, and client-directed resolution of the ambivalence. It was done with compassion and patience. The interview is also remarkable because of what the counselor doesn’t do. I would guess that many clinicians, including myself, would be tempted by this client to provide education, advice, suggestions, and possibly confrontation of irrational thoughts or unrealistic problem-solving. The counselor doesn’t do any of these.
Denise B. Ernst Training and Consultation, Portland, OR. USA
Client B | Hans-Jürgen Rumpf PhD writes:
‘This interview is an excellent example of how a client moves forward in his motivation to change behaviour by eliciting his personal reasons for change. It is impressive to see how reflective listening advances the insight into ambivalence and reasons. In his reflections, the counsellor is very close to the ideas and feelings of the client. He keeps track of different conflicting cognitions and emotions, brings them together and presents them to the client who seems to experience several ‘light bulb’ moments. This is all done in a slow pace that enables the client to retrace his own discrepancy of values and behaviour. In several moments, coming to a solution was in the air. Instead of being premature, the counsellor continued to clarify reasons and need. The interview ends in a very hopeful and optimistic atmosphere and seems to foreshadow a resolution in the future.’
Department of Psychiatry & Psychotherapy, University of Lübeck, Germany
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