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Interviewing and Change Strategies for Helpers: Fundamental Skills and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, 6th, 6th Edition

  • Sherry Cormier West Virginia University, Department of Counseling Psychology
  • Paula S. Nurius University of Washington, School of Social Work
  • Cynthia J. Osborn Kent State University, Counseling and Human Development Services
  • ISBN-10: 0495410535  |  ISBN-13: 9780495410539
  • 640 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2003, 1998, 1991
  • © 2009 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $193.00
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This respected text skillfully combines evidence-based interviewing skills and cognitive-behavioral intervention change strategies applicable to a wide range of client ages, cultural backgrounds, and problems in living. The book interweaves attention to conceptual and empirical foundations with an emphasis on practical skills and real-life factors in contemporary settings with diverse clientele. Long commended for its synthesis of up-to-date professional knowledge with case models, learning activities, and guided feedback, INTERVIEWING AND CHANGE STRATEGIES FOR HELPERS: FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS AND COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS, Sixth Edition, is a comprehensive book equally well suited to comprehensive courses and more specialized courses dealing with practice domains such as interviewing, relationship building, and assessment; empirically supported intervention strategies; and topical foci such as stress management, cognitive change interventions, and working with affect management and relapsing populations. The comprehensive, up-to-date features of this book make it one that students tend to retain for later reference in their professional work. In addition, you now have new options for using the book for more specialized needs: a bound version of the first half of the book for courses focusing on interviewing, relationship building, and assessment (ISBN 0495143928) and a bound version of the second half of the book for courses focusing on empirically supported intervention strategies (ISBN 0495143936). These valuable additions complement a proven instructional format focusing on essential knowledge, skills, values, and tools needed by today’s professional helpers.

Features and Benefits

  • The text presents interviewing and change strategies within a thorough and carefully researched but very readable format that effectively explores topics such as the importance of building a strong client/helper relationship, conceptualizing and assessment with goal setting and treatment planning, and a variety of cognitive behavioral strategies.
  • Throughout the text, the authors devote considerable attention to diversity issues, the client’s ecology, and a multidisciplinary helping approach, enabling students to better understand and appreciate critical factors that can affect their client relationships and professional practices.
  • The text provides both fundamental and complex helping skills for students and new professionals to use with a diverse clientele. These evidence-based skills are presented in a clear, comprehensive, and compelling fashion. Each chapter includes clearly outlined learning outcomes and activities, model examples, guided feedback, and end-of-chapter evaluations, all designed to help students learn quickly and effectively and to prepare for success in their courses and careers.
  • An ample selection of learning exercises, client examples, and model dialogues helps to bring many of the strategies to life, providing students valuable illustrations of how to implement new skills as well as opportunities to reflect on and practice strategies with broad-based applicability to working with clients.

Table of Contents

1. About this Book.
2. Building Your Foundation as a Helper.
3. Understanding Nonverbal Behavior.
4. Ingredients of an Effective Helping Relationship.
5. Listening Responses.
6. Influencing Responses.
7. Conceptualizing and Assessing Client Problems, Concerns, and Contexts.
8. Conducting an Interview Assessment With Clients.
9. Identifying, Defining, and Evaluating Outcome Goals.
10. Clinical Decision-Making and Treatment Planning.
11. Imagery and Modeling Strategies.
12. Reframing, Cognitive Modeling, and Problem Solving Strategies.
13. Cognitive Change and Cognitive Restructuring Strategies.
14. Stress Management Strategies.
15. Meditation and Relaxation Strategies.
16. Exposure Strategies.
17. Self-Management Strategies: Self-Monitoring, Stimulus Control, Self-Reward, and Self-Efficacy.
18. Strategies for Working With Resistance: Solution-Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.

What's New

  • A new chapter on exposure therapy strategies, contributed by two experts who apply the therapy in a general clinical and behavioral medicine setting, reflects current thinking about these innovative and effective ways to handle anxiety and phobias.
  • In order to address the increasing number of mandated clients, a new chapter on strategies to work with resistance focuses on the use of solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing as two primary tools and examines how helpers contribute to resistance.
  • The new edition features expanded discussions of important current trends and topics, including the empirical support for the therapeutic relationship, self-psychology and relational views of the helping relationship trust in the helping relationship, expanded coverage of ethical issues, and material on neurobiological influences on emotion and perception.
  • Updates are provided throughout on current research informing interventions, as well as attention to new developments in cognitive-oriented therapy such as spirituality, meditation, mindfulness, and acceptance.
  • Additional coverage of cultural variables in the helping relationship, cultural analysis of client cases, and culturally informed assessment interviews helps students appreciate the importance of incorporating aspects of culture into the therapeutic relationship and the working alliance.

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Bundle: Text + Helping Professions Learning Center 1-Semester Printed Access Card

ISBN-10: 0495636878  | ISBN-13: 9780495636878

List Price = $260.95  | CengageBrain Price = $260.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $193.01

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  • Interviewing and Change Strategies for Helpers: Fundamental Skills and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, 6th
    List Price = $260.95  | CengageBrain Price = $260.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $193.00
  • Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Printed Access Card
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Printed Text + Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Instant Access

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List Price = $260.95  | CengageBrain Price = $260.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $193.01

This Bundle Includes:

  • Interviewing and Change Strategies for Helpers: Fundamental Skills and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, 6th
    List Price = $260.95  | CengageBrain Price = $260.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $193.00
  • Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Instant Access Code
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Efficacy and Outcomes


"The Cormier, Nurius, and Osborn text presents interviewing and change strategies within a carefully-researched but very readable format. The crucial importance of building a strong client/counselor relationship is clearly articulated in all of its relevant ingredients. Following this exposition, conceptualizing and assessment with goal setting and treatment planning are carefully examined. Finally, a variety of cognitive behavioral strategies are carefully reviewed with remarkable clarity. Throughout the text, attention is devoted to diversity issues, the client’s ecology, and a multidisciplinary helping approach. Valuable learning exercises, client illustrations, and model dialogues are also included for many of the strategies described. A careful reading of this text by your students would ensure that they have been exposed to the fundamental skills and strategies needed for a beginning helper. . . . Graduates will choose to retain this book indefinitely as a reference in their professional library."

— Geoffrey Yager, University of Cincinnati

"The text, INTERVIEWING AND CHANGE STRATEGIES FOR HELPERS, is a thorough review of the literature and technique that prepares beginning psychologists and counselors to realistically understand, conceptualize and walk with clients through the counseling process. This text encourages learning by doing! The authors provide ample opportunities for the student to go beyond contemplation. There are numerous activities in each chapter that could be likened to a workbook format. If you are fairly new to teaching in the counseling field, this text is a gem as it provides ample teaching opportunities to be utilized during class, requiring little additional preparation by the instructor."

— Rebecca Eberle-Romberger, University of Southern California

"INTERVIEWING AND CHANGE STRATEGIES is one of the best, if not the best single text to teach basic counseling skills and intervention strategies. It is extremely thorough in the coverage of topics, current in the presentation of research to support the use of the strategies identified, and it seamlessly integrates issues related to diversity into the flow of the discussion. It is very thorough and every chapter has been extremely applicable to the needs of counselors in training. I often tell students that if I had to choose only 2 texts to teach counseling, INTERVIEWING AND CHANGE STRATEGIES would be one of them."

— Richard Craig Williams, Wilmington College


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Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495390984 | ISBN-13: 9780495390985)

Thoroughly updated for this new edition by Beth Robinson, Ph.D., the Test Bank with Instructor’s Resources is available electronically via email by contacting the Academic Resource Center at 1-800-423-0563. The Instructor’s Resources without test items will also be available on the companion website at http://academic.cengage.com/counseling/cormier.

Instructor’s Edition  (ISBN-10: 0495506915 | ISBN-13: 9780495506911)

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Sherry Cormier

Sherry Cormier is Professor Emerita in the Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of West Virginia. Her current research and practice interests are in counseling and psychology training and supervision models; issues impacting girls and women; health, wellness, and stress management; and grief recovery. She lives at the beach near the Chesapeake Bay and enjoys kayaking, yoga, biking, hiking, reading, and music in her leisure time.

Paula S. Nurius

Paula S. Nurius is the Grace Beals Ferguson Scholar, Professor, and Associate Dean in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Nurius is a mental health specialist with research, practice, and teaching experience that addresses perception and responding under conditions of stress and trauma. She brings particular concern for vulnerable, marginalized populations and to fostering prevention and resilience-enhancing interventions. Her current scholarship focuses on childhood and cumulative life course stress, including impacts of maltreatment, nonviolent adversity, and poverty on physical, mental, and behavioral health disparities. She enjoys the outdoor life of the Pacific Northwest with her husband, daughter, and schnoodle pooch.

Cynthia J. Osborn

Cynthia J. Osborn is Professor of Counselor Education and Supervision at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor and a licensed chemical dependency counselor in Ohio. Her research, clinical practice, and teaching have focused on addictive behaviors and counselor supervision from the perspectives of motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy. Additional scholarship has addressed case conceptualization and treatment planning skills, and stamina and resilience in behavioral health care. She enjoys reading character novels and practicing yoga, and she and her husband together enjoy exercising and the company of their Bichon Frisé dog, Jake.