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Motivational interviewing: introductory module (CPD5)

Help reluctant people to make behavioural or attitudinal change

This module is part of our motivational interviewing programme.

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

It is 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 – for example the court, social workers, 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 module will provide opportunities to observe and practise the approach in a protected environment. By the end of the module, participants will feel able to start using motivational interviewing in their work settings.

Who is this course for?

This introductory motivational interviewing 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.

Please note: this training can also be booked as a programme comprised of two parts – this introductory module and an advanced module. Find out more about booking the complete programme.

Course details

There will be four introductory modules on offer throughout the 2024 – 25 academic year

DatesTime
Tuesday 15 October – Wednesday 16 October 2024 9.30am – 4pm (UK time)
Thursday 16 January – Friday 17 January 20259.30am – 4pm (UK time)
Tuesday 4 March – Wednesday 5 March 20259.30am – 4pm (UK time)
Tuesday 15 April – Wednesday 16 April 20259.30am – 4pm (UK time)

This two-day module 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.

This module 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 introductory two-day course introduces participants to the theory, spirit and principles in using MI to help people make positive change. The training will use a range of methods including didactic teaching, live demonstrations, audio, video and coaching. The training will aim 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.

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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Forthcoming course dates

Our courses run periodically throughout the year. Choose your preferred start date from the list below and book your place today.

You will 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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This course is also available as part of a convenient, cost-saving bundle – providing you with access to both introductory and advanced courses as part of a four-day programme.

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