Responsive therapy and motivational interviewing: Postmodernist paradigms

TitleResponsive therapy and motivational interviewing: Postmodernist paradigms
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsGerber, S, Basham, A
JournalJournal of Counseling and Development
PublisherAmerican Counseling Assn
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0748-9633
Accession Number1999-01289-006. First Author & Affiliation: Gerber, Sterling
KeywordsCounseling, interviewing, Motivation, motivational interviewing, Postmodernism, Psychotherapeutic Techniques, responsive therapy vs motivational interviewing as postmodernist counseling

Two counseling approaches of relatively recent origin, responsive therapy and motivational interviewing, are described and compared. Both operate through a series of stages and from a collaborative and postmodernist ethic. They involve prescriptive use of micro-skills at the beginning stage and progress to focused and active, intentional intervention strategies. Responsive therapy claims to allow integration of active interventions from a variety of theory bases, whereas motivational interviewing has a strongly cognitive-behavioral flavor. Both serve as viable alternatives to a traditional diagnose-and-prescribe mindset while maintaining efficient and effective dynamics appropriate to contemporary brief therapy and managed care contexts. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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