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Interviewing and Change Strategies for Helpers, 8th Edition

  • Sherry Cormier
  • Paula S. Nurius
  • Cynthia J. Osborn
  • ISBN-10: 1305271459
  • ISBN-13: 9781305271456
  • 640 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2009, 2003
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

Fully updated and streamlined to be used more easily within the parameters of several quarters or a semester, INTERVIEWING AND CHANGE STRATEGIES FOR HELPERS, Eighth Edition offers readers an introduction to the knowledge, skills, values, and tools needed by today's professional helpers. The book's conceptual foundation reflects four critical areas for helpers: core skills and attributes, effectiveness and evidence-based practice, diversity issues, and critical commitments and ethical practice, using an interdisciplinary approach that reflects the authors' extensive experience in the fields of counseling, psychology, social work, and health and human services. The text skillfully combines evidence-based interviewing skills and evidence-based intervention change strategies, thus preparing readers to work with clients representing a wide range of ages, cultural backgrounds, and challenges in living.


  • 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 evidence-based intervention change strategies.

  • Throughout the text, the authors devote considerable attention to diversity issues, the client's ecology, and a multidisciplinary and integrative 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.


"This text is very comprehensive and well written. It provides a wealth of information for undergraduate students beginning in the field of human services and counseling."
— Edward Keane, Housatonic Community College

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

1. Building Your Foundation as a Helper.
2. Critical Commitments: Diversity Issues and Ethical Practice for Helpers.
3. Ingredients of an Effective Helping Relationship.
4. Listening.
5. Influencing Responses.
6. Assessing and Conceptualizing Client Problems and Contexts.
7. Conducting an Interview Assessment With Clients.
8. Constructing, Contextualizing, and Evaluating Treatment Goals.
9. Clinical Decision Making and Treatment Planning.
10. Strategies for Working With Resistance: Solution Focused Therapy and Motivational Interviewing.
11 Cognitive Change Strategies: Reframing, Cognitive Modeling, and Cognitive Restructuring.
12. Cognitive Approaches to Stress Management: Stress Processes, Problem Solving Therapy, and Stress Inoculation Training.
13. Self-Calming Approaches to Stress Management: Breathing, Muscle Relaxation, and Mindfulness Meditation.
14. Exposure Therapy for Anxiety, Fear, and Trauma.
15. Self-Management Strategies: Self-Monitoring, Stimulus Control, Self-Reward, and Self-Efficacy.

New to this edition

  • MindTap®, a cloud-based, interactive learning experience built on the book's content, is available with this text. MindTap guides students through the course by combining readings, multimedia, applied activities, and assessments into a Learning Path that focuses on the key helping skills, intervention change strategies, and concepts presented in the text. It also includes counseling demonstration videos (featuring two of the book's authors) that are tied to every chapter. Instructors can rearrange and add content, and easily measure students' skills and outcomes.
  • Updated throughout, the eighth edition integrates the most contemporary evidence and scholarly literature base for the helping skills and change interventions described, enabling instructors to present their students with current thinking and research.
  • This edition describes and integrates a number of timely content areas, such as attention to ethical practice and culturally adapted interventions that support accreditation standards across a variety of helping disciplines.
  • New, updated, or expanded discussions cover the DSM-5 (including case examples updated to reflect DSM-5 diagnoses), the newest addition of the ASAM Criteria, solution-focused therapy and motivational interviewing, the multiple levels of processes involved in the development and operation of schemas for psychological disorders, mindfulness-based stress management practices, new uses of the Internet and technological devices to support longer term self-management, and many other topics.
  • An Instructor's Resource Manual and test bank -- complete with practice tests, chapter outlines, and PowerPoint® slides -- help instructors save time and use the text to full advantage.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1305964136 | ISBN-13: 9781305964136)

This detailed manual provides sample syllabi, course guidelines, in-class exercises, and chapter objectives to assist instructors in teaching the course.

Online PowerPoint®  (ISBN-10: 1305964144 | ISBN-13: 9781305964143)

These vibrant Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1305964128 | ISBN-13: 9781305964129)

Organize your course and capture your students' attention with the resources found in the Test Bank, including multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions -- most with answers and page references for each chapter of the text.

MindTap Counseling, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Cormier/Nurius/Osborn's Interviewing and Change Strategies for Helpers  (ISBN-10: 130586431X | ISBN-13: 9781305864313)

MindTap Counseling for Cormier/Nurius/Osborn's Interviewing and Change Strategies for Helpers, 8th Edition is the digital learning solution that powers students from memorization to mastery. It gives you complete control of your course—to provide engaging content, to challenge every individual, and to build their confidence. Empower students to accelerate their progress with MindTap. MindTap: Powered by You. MindTap gives you complete ownership of your content and learning experience. Customize the interactive syllabi, emphasize the most important topics, and add your own material or notes in the eBook.

Student Supplements

MindTap Counseling, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Cormier/Nurius/Osborn's Interviewing and Change Strategies for Helpers  (ISBN-10: 130586431X | ISBN-13: 9781305864313)

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