Motivational Groups for Community Substance Abuse Programs

This 127-page manual is intended to provide guidance to the substance-abuse treatment counselor working in public-sector settings who wants to use motivational techniques in a group treatment modality. The guide is divided into four parts. The first three sections are aimed primarily at the clinician and include an introduction to the following:

  • Philosophy of Motivational Interviewing
  • Techniques and skills needed to practice motivational counseling
  • Guidelines on converting individually-based motivational counseling techniques for use in groups,
  • Format and content for motivational groups
  • Tips on implementing motivational groups and services

Part four discusses various methods for employing motivational counseling services in community agencies and will be useful for clinicians, supervisors, and program planners.


Title: Motivational Groups for Community Substance Abuse Programs
Author(s): Karen Ingersoll, Christopher Wagner and Sandra Gharib
Publication Year: 2002
Publisher City: Richmond, VA
Publisher Name: Mid-Atlantic Addiction Technology Center
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