Cork, Ireland Intermediate

The Workshop

This two-day workshop training is a natural progression from the introductory workshops we have been facilitating for quite some time. 

Participants need to have participated in some form of workshop or college based learning of MI and need be working with a client or supporting a family member in relation to behaviour change.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is evidence based effective approach to assisting clients to identify and prepare for behaviour change towards wellness and developing a healthy lifestyle. 

This workshop will allow participants to integrate some theory alongside a mainly experiential process of role-plays, real plays and discussion throughout the two days of practice by experiencing active learning in the use of MI. 

The course is split into two separate days – 2nd April 2016 and 30 April 2016 with a three–week practicum during which participants are invited to use their individual menu of practice developed in day–one workshop. 

Telephone based one to one supervision of participants during the practicum is included in the workshop cost. 

Note: The Supervision has just been added to this course. It is of limited availability on a first come first served basis.

Day–Two will review this work and integrate next stage learning towards participant’s further work with clients and developing their competence and confidence in MI. 

By end of course participants will have developed further insight and understanding of the key principals of MI, the "Spirit" factor of MI and the tools used to create a respectful client and personal inter–relationship.

Experiential Learning

Participants must present two client profiles which they will focus on for the course. From this focus the participant will develop their menu for practice by end of day one. 

Further experiencial learning throughout the three week practicum will be assisted through telephone  supervision on a one to one basis. 

Day two will review and reflect on the practice and further develop stratagies for working with your selected clients.

Learning Outcomes

To develop a working knowledge of motivational interviewing in role-play and real-time practice and group discussion

To develop and enhance basic communication skills through

- expressing empathy,
- developing discrepancy
- avoiding arguing
- rolling with resistance
- supporting self efficacy

To work effectively with clients using the skills of MI

The Facilitator

Larry O’Reilly is an accredited Psychotherapist and Specialist Addiction Counsellor. He is an accredited member of the Irish Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), the Addiction Counsellors of Ireland (ACI) and he is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He has experience in relation to working with adults, children, couples and families. 

He has also previously worked over a 10 year period within the Criminal Justice system supporting clients incarcerated and post release. 

Larry now works as part of a multi-disciplinary team of clinicians in the Assessment Consultancy and Therapy Service (ACTS) within Child and Family Services (TUSLA). He previously was seconded to the HSE and counselled at tier-three level within Arbour House Treatment Centre and as part of the Adult Homeless Integrated Service. 

Larry has a small private practice in counselling of individuals and groups. He also provides training and workshops in motivational interviewing to statutory, community and voluntary sectors, psychological groups as well within the academic sector for students of mental health nursing, social work students and dental health teams. He has studied somatic trauma therapy under Babette Rothschild over three years and is currently preparing for a placement supervision program under her direction. Larry has completed his supervisor training program and is due to graduate in July 2016. 


Mardyke House Mardyke Street Cork Ireland
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A two-day event - practice time in between
2 Apr 2016 - 10:00am
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