This edition appears 30 years after motivational interviewing (MI) first emerged. The concept of MI grew out of conversations in Norway in 1982, which led to the 1983 journal article in which MI was originally described. The first edition of this book, which focused primarily on addictions, was published in 1991. The second edition, published in 2002, was quite a different book, addressed to preparing people for change across a broad range of problem areas. Another decade later, this third edition is as different from the second as the second was from the first. More than 25,000 articles citing MI and 200 randomized clinical trials of MI have appeared in print, most of them published since the second edition. Research has provided important new knowledge on MI processes and outcomes, the psycholinguistics of change, and how practitioners learn MI.
With all these developments, it became clear that it was time to write a new edition. How we conceptualize and teach MI has evolved substantially. Like the second edition, this edition is about facilitating change across a wide range of topics and settings. It offers our most complete explication of MI to date, beyond its more specific applications in particular settings that are addressed elsewhere (Arkowitz, Westra, Miller, & Rollnick, 2008; Hohman, 2012; Naar-King & Suarez, 2011; Rollnick, Miller, & Butler, 2008; Westra, 2012). (Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change, 3rd Edition; William R. Miller, Stephen Rollnick; Guilford Publications, Inc. ; Preface: Page vii)