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Motivational interviewing: introductory module (CPD5)

Help reluctant people to make behavioural or attitudinal change

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

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.

This course is currently fully booked across all cohorts. New dates will be advertised here in due course.

There are five cohorts to choose from for this module, each with two sessions:

Cohort 1 – FULLY BOOKEDDayDateStart timeEnd time
Session (1/2)Tuesday20 September 20229.30am4.30pm
Session (2/2)Wednesday21 September 20229.30am4.30pm
Cohort 2 – FULLY BOOKEDDayDateStart timeEnd time
Session (1/2)Thursday13 October 20229.30am4.30pm
Session (2/2)Friday14 October 20229.30am4.30pm
Cohort 3 – FULLY BOOKEDDayDateStart timeEnd time
Session (1/2)Tuesday17 January 20239.30am4.30pm
Session (2/2)Wednesday18 January 20239.30am4.30pm
Cohort 4 – FULLY BOOKEDDayDateStart timeEnd time
Session (1/2)Monday20 February 20239.30am4.30pm
Session (2/2)Tuesday21 February 20239.30am4.30pm
Cohort 5 – FULLY BOOKEDDayDateStart timeEnd time
Session (1/2)Tuesday9 May 20239.30am4.30pm
Session (2/2)Wednesday10 May 20239.30am4.30pm

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.

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom.

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.


“Very intensive and full of great systems and useful provocation.”
“The tutor was really great. She was brilliant at eliciting interaction and participation. The level was perfect.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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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