Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

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Next Dates:

1 September 2022 – Online

10 January 2023 – Online

Course Content:

Content Includes:
• Brief history and development of Motivational Interviewing
• What is not consistent with MI – roadblocks to effective communication
• Why persuasion doesn’t work
• The cycle of change
• Conditions necessary for change
• Internal and external motivation
• Key principles – developing discrepancy in clients, building self-efficacy, managing discord and eliciting ‘Change Talk’
• ‘OARS’ – the skills of the approach
• Identifying and overcoming communication barriers in support work
• Change talk – why it is important
• ‘DARN’ language – Desire, Ability, Reason and Need for change – individual exercise
• Eliciting change talk
• Decisional balance strategy
• ‘Sustain Talk’ and Discord, working with these concepts and encouraging the change process
• Putting it all together – case study / large group exercise
• Evaluation and consideration of incorporating MI into your work
• Review and feedback on reflective practice exercises

Pre Course Work
Read “What is Motivational Interviewing” article by Stephen Rollnick and William Miller.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, delegates should be able to:
• Understand the principles of Motivational Interviewing
• Understand and practice basic Motivational Interviewing techniques
• Apply Motivational Interviewing skills to their work practice
• Support vulnerable clients, in both residential and congregational settings, to take personal responsibility and effect change in their own lives

Other Courses for Development
Certificate in Management of Problem Substance Use
Working with Complex Mental Health Needs

Who Should Apply?

Open to those whose role involves supporting people with substance or behavioural / lifestyle issues.


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Saturday, May 28th 2022
Saturday, May 28th 2022


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