How to Stop Talking and Start Communicating with Motivational Interviewing

A Behavior Therapist's Guide on How to Effectively Collaborate with Caregivers
by Dr. Monica Gilbert, PSYD., BCBA-D, LMHD
Crystal Minds Psychological Services / 2020
Paperback / 137 pages

The goal of this manual is to enhance the quality of interventions such as Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for children by teaching clinicians Motivational Interviewing (MI) strategies that can encourage greater parental involvement.

In this manual we will review current research on Parent Training (PT), outline barriers to parental involvement, discuss adaptive and maladaptive communication styles, outline behavior analytical perspective and introduce Motivational Interviewing (MI) principles. Resistance is understood as a direct byproduct of maladaptice parent-clinician communication styles that increases distress and leads to disengagement.

To address resistance, we outline a program focused on increasing clinicians' awareness of their communication style with parents and teach them strategies to help increase parental motivation to engage in the treatment process.

About the Autor:

Dr. Monica Gilbert, is a Licensed Psychologist in the state of Florida, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral (BCBA-D). She has over 11 years of experience in treating, assessing and evaluating children, adolescents and adults with different disorders and diagnosis. Her specialty lies in working with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and delivering psychoeducation to caregivers and teachers. Her research and work experience have been in enhancing communication within couples, families, individual clients and interactions between therapists and caregivers. She has been successful in running two private practices and focus on mental health treatment and behavior therapy as well as traning and managing over 70 therapists.