Birmingham, UK Introductory

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

This 2 day non-residential course in Birmingham introduces the core principles of motivational interviewing and provides practice in the essential skills applied in a range of settings. Participants are welcome from any setting, for example, health, criminal justice, education and employment.

By the end of the course participants will be able to discuss the concept of motivation and relate it to a model of the way people change. They will be able to make a realistic assessment of a client’s motivation, use their interviewing and counselling skills to elicit and foster the client’s wish to change and will have increased their effectiveness with clients who are resistant to changing risk behaviour.

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Better engage reluctant or resistant service users
  • Find a shared focus on behaviour change
  • Evoke change talk and help service users resolve their ambivalence about change
  • Make action plans jointly with service users and elicit their commitment to change
  • Conduct the above within a compassionate, respectful and empowering relationship between professional and service user.

Topics include;

  • The Spirit of MI and Dangerous Assumptions
  • Core Skills to express empathy (open questions, reflection, affirmation and summarising)
  • Sustain talk and discord. The art of rolling with resistance
  • Engaging the reluctant or non-verbal service user
  • Ambivalence, the decisional balance and stages of change
  • Motivation as a combination of importance and confidence
  • Building importance by developing awareness of discrepancy
  • Building self-efficacy (confidence)by focussing on strengths
  • Types of change talk at different stages in the process; recognising and building on it
  • Exchanging information without falling into the expert trap


Birmingham UK
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An introduction to priciples and practice taught using a variety of teaching methods including presentations, groupwork, video and live demonstration, realplay and roleplay. Suitable for students from all sectors; health, social welfare, addictions etc.
18 Oct 2017 - 9:30am to 19 Oct 2017 - 4:30pm
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