Dr. William Miller

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Dr. William R. Miller

September 7th 3:15 pm Main Ballroom Anvil Centre


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centered counseling method to strengthen autonomous motivation for change and mobilize internal resources.

A large outcome literature indicates that MI often sparks a turning point in addiction careers. It has been a key element in screening and brief intervention, and appears to be of differential benefit with people from historically disempowered groups. Dr. Miller, the original developer of MI, will describe key components of MI and consider possible applications to build recovery capital including:

(1) outreach with “low motivation” clients,

(2) ongoing recovery check-ups,

(3) individualizing recovery plans,

(4) peer communication styles in mutual-help groups,

(5) sampling of recovery-relevant resources and activities,

(6) mobilizing family and social capital,

(7) exploring values and meaning in recovery. He will also address the importance of one’s underlying mindset and “heartset” in helping relationships

Learning Objectives:

1. Differentiate the four component processes of motivational interviewing.
2. Describe the client behaviors of “change talk” and “sustain talk” and give examples of each.
3. Identify at least three different ways in which motivational interviewing can be used in building recovery capital.


DiClemente, C. C., Corno, C. M., Graydon, M. M., Wiprovnick, A. E., & Knoblach, D. J. (2017). Motivational interviewing, enhancement, and brief interventions over the last decade: A review of reviews of efficacy and effectiveness. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31(8), 862-887.
Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S. (2013). Motivational interviewing: Helping people change (3rd ed.). New York: Guilford Press.
Miller, W. R., & Moyers, T. B. (2017). Motivational interviewing and the clinical science of Carl Rogers. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(8), 757-766.
Moyers, T. B., Martin, T., Houck, J. M., Christopher, P. J., & Tonigan, J. S. (2009). From in-session behaviors to drinking outcomes: A causal chain for motivational interviewing. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(6), 1113-1124.
Moyers, T. B., & Miller, W. R. (2013). Is low therapist empathy toxic? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(3), 878-884.


Dr. William R. Miller is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico where he served as Director of Clinical Training for the doctoral program in clinical psychology and as Co-Director of the Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse and Addictions (CASAA). Dr. Millers publications include over 50 books and 400 articles and chapters. Fundamentally interested in the psychology of change, he has focused in particular on the development, testing, and dissemination of behavioral treatments for addictions. With more than 40 years of experience in addiction research and treatment, he has served as principal investigator for numerous research grants and contracts, founded a private practice group, directed a large public treatment program, and served as a consultant to many organizations including the United States Senate, the World Health Organization, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Institutes of Health. In recognition of his research contributions, Dr. Miller is a recipient of the international Jellinek Memorial Award, two career achievement awards from the American Psychological Association, and an Innovators in Combating Substance Abuse award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He maintains an active interest in the interface of spirituality and psychology. His books have been translated into 23 languages, and the Institute for Scientific Information has listed him as one of the world=s most cited scientists.

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