Motivational interviewing (CPD5a)

Master motivational interviewing theory and skills in our 4-day practical programme

Motivational interviewing is a person-centred counselling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change.

It’s a highly effective approach in helping people make behavioural or attitudinal change, especially with individuals who are apparently reluctant to engage or who have been coerced into changing. The approach focuses on intrinsic factors for change even when extrinsic factors, such as the court, social workers or family, have brought them to the worker.

Motivational interviewing builds a collaborative approach and has the added benefit for individuals and organisations of reducing worker stress and the risk of burn out.

It has its roots in the field of substance use but has now been successfully used in a multitude of settings, including probation and youth offending, mental health, GP and other healthcare settings, the reduction of HIV infection, Family Nurse Partnerships, pain management, improvement in recovery from stroke and increasingly in childcare settings.

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based approach with over 1,200 randomised control trials and is also helpful in reducing worker stress.

Aims and learning objectives

This programme will provide opportunities to observe and practise the approach in a protected environment. By the end of the programme, participants will have developed understanding and skill in using motivational interviewing and feel able to start using motivational interviewing in their work settings.

Who is this course for?

This programme is comprised of two parts: an introductory and an advanced module.

The introductory module is aimed at any professional working with adults, young people, children or families, where behavioural or attitudinal change is needed or desired. It will provide opportunities to observe and practise the approach in a protected environment. This module is also suitable as a refresher for people who trained in motivational interviewing some time ago.

The advanced module is for those who have completed the two-day introductory module and would like to develop their understanding and skill in using motivational interviewing.

Please note: the two modules can be booked separately but satisfactory completion of the introductory module is required before joining the advanced module. Find out more about booking these courses separately in the ‘Modules included in this programme’ section below.

Course details

CohortDatesTime
AIntroductory: Tuesday 15 October – Wednesday 16 October 2024
Advanced: Tuesday 12 November – Tuesday 10 December 2025
9.30am – 4pm (UK Time)
BIntroductory: Tuesday 15 April – Wednesday 16 April 2025
Advanced: Tuesday 3 June – Wednesday 2 July 2025
9.30am – 4pm (UK Time)

Please note: the introductory and advanced modules can be booked separately but satisfactory completion of the introductory module is required to join the advanced module. Find out more about booking these courses separately in the ‘Modules included in this programme’ section below.

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom and will not be recorded.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of a laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this Zoom test link to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us to discuss how we can best help you.

The introductory module (two days) introduces participants to the theory, spirit and principles in using motivational interviewing to help people make positive change. The training will use a range of methods including didactic teaching, live demonstrations, audio, video and coaching to create a curiosity to learn more and develop practice.

Please note, MI does not have an evidence base for working with people with significant learning difficulties.

The advanced module (two days) further develops practitioner skill and confidence in the practical application of this approach. The training will use a range of methods including didactic teaching, live demonstrations, audio, video and coaching.

This programme will be delivered by a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) who has worked and trained across a wide range of settings, such as substance use, mental health, probation, youth offending and childcare social work.

The two modules that make up this programme can be booked separately.

Satisfactory completion of the introductory module is required to join the advanced module.

Find out more about booking these courses separately in the ‘Modules included in this programme’ section below.

Modules included in this programme

Testimonials

“Very intensive and full of great systems and useful provocation.”
Student
“The tutor was really great. She was brilliant at eliciting interaction and participation. The level was perfect.”
Student
“I enjoyed most being given clear a concise, positive tools to engage my clients to find solutions for themselves. I have already implemented techniques and had positive results.”
Student
“I got so much out of this training. I found it more energising than having a weekend off, it was so helpful to have focused time slowing down my thinking and being immersed in this approach.”
Student
“Brilliant training, the trainer made me feel really comfortable and able to be open and honest. It was a very inclusive environment where everyone felt able to participate freely. I learnt a lot about the theory behind MI but also had the opportunity to put this into practice, which I felt was really useful. ”
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You can book a place at any time. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before the course starts with detailed joining instructions.

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