Motivational Interviewing

Course overview:

Motivational Interviewing is a person centred, directive approach to helping people develop motivation for change. The two day course will introduce delegates to the theory, aims and principles of the Motivational Interviewing approach, with a focus on skills development and practice.

Course content:

  • What is motivational Interviewing (MI)?
  • Background to the approach
  • Comparing MI with other approaches to facilitating change
  • Key concepts in MI: ambivalence and resistance
  • The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing
  • Understanding motivation: multidimensional and dynamic
  • Understanding resistance to change
  • When to use MI
  • When not to use MI
  • The dilemma of change
  • The cycle of change: change as a process
  • Weighing up the pros and cons of change
  • Responding to resistance to change
  • Core skills for MI
  • Skills demonstration
  • Strategies for assessing, exploring and encouraging motivation and change
  • Choosing the right strategy at the right time
  • Skills practice sessions
  • MI as a response to psychotic experience involving unusual beliefs ‘delusions’
  • Evaluation of the MI approach in practice
  • Problem solving barriers to using MI in your setting


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