Finding Your Way to Change
How the Power of Motivational Interviewing Can Reveal What You Want and Help You Get There
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Are you tired of being told by others--self-help books included--what you should do? Drs. Allan Zuckoff and Bonnie Gorscak understand. That's why this book is different. Whether it's breaking an unhealthy habit, pursuing that dream job, or ending harmful patterns in relationships, the key to moving ahead with your life lies in discovering what direction is truly right for you, and how you can get there. The proven counseling approach known as motivational interviewing (MI) can help. Drs. Zuckoff and Gorscak present powerful self-help strategies and practical tools that help you understand why you're stuck, break free of unhelpful pressure to change, and build confidence for developing a personal change plan. Vivid stories of five men and women confronting different types of challenges illustrate the techniques and accompany you on your journey. MI has a track record of helping people resolve long-standing dilemmas in a remarkably short time. Now you can try it for yourself--and unlock your own capacity for positive action.
Table of Contents
Prelude: Considering Change
I. You Don't Have to Change
1. Being Ambivalent
2. The Pressure Paradox
3. The Other Side of the Pressure Paradox
II. Do You Want to Change? Can You Change?
First Interlude: The Language of Change
4. Exploring the Importance of Change to You
5. Exploring Your Confidence for Change
6. Exploring Your Personal Values
Second Interlude: Ready or Not?
III. Finding YOUR Way to Change
Third Interlude: Planning for Change
7. Developing Your Plan
8. Revisiting, Revising, and Regrouping
9. The Far Side of Change
Appendix. The History and Science of Motivational Interviewing
Allan Zuckoff, PhD, is a psychologist who conducts professional training in MI throughout the United States and internationally. He also develops new applications of MI for people facing a variety of personal challenges and life issues. Dr. Zuckoff is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). After two decades as a faculty member in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, he now oversees clinical program development at Vital Decisions, which provides MI-based advance care planning services to people with life-limiting illnesses.
Bonnie Gorscak, PhD, is a psychologist and MI practitioner who has worked in the mental health field for 30 years.
"This brilliant book guides you through a journey of discovery in that most intimate and difficult relationship--the one with yourself. Stories of others who have made the trek illustrate the challenges of being stuck in a problem that seems intractable, the way through the mire, and the joy of emerging on the other side. The book offers not only the promise of change, but also the ability to sustain it."--David B. Rosengren, PhD, Prevention Research Institute
"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 of Changing 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
"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.
"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
“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
"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
"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
"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
"One of the most empathetic books on the subject of altering behaviors. The authors allow for failures and offer alternatives. Recommended."--Library Journal, 5/15/2015