Introduction to Motivational Interviewing - 2 day

Motivational Interviewing Techniques in Behaviour Change Conversations

Motivational Interviewing grew out William Miller’s work with problematic drinkers and was based not on theory, but on what he observed to be effective. At that time, people who drank too much were seen to be “in denial” about their drinking and the harm it did to others, and treatment often involved confronting people about this denial, sometimes using shame as a technique to bring about change. 

In 1991, Miller and Steve Rollnick published Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People to Change Addictive Behaviour which described a new way of working with people that respected their ability to decide for themselves whether they wanted to change. Now in its third edition, Motivational Interviewing has expanded from the addiction field and is now used in a wide range of behaviour change settings, from young person and adolescent behaviour to smoking cessation, weight loss, managing long-term health conditions and social work. It is a collaborative approach, in which practitioners work alongside people to explore their reasons for change and is based around key principles, one being that positive change can occur without formal interventions and that our work with people can support their natural process of change. 

One of the biggest influences in the effectiveness of Motivation Interviewing is facilitator skills, and this two-day training course is designed to allow participants to practice elements of the approach to develop their confidence.

The two-day training will cover:

  • Overview of the background and theory underpinning Motivating Interviewing.
  • Explore the Stages of Motivational Interviewing, Engaging, Focusing, Evoking and Planning.
  • Learning how the spirit of Motivational Interviewing can lead to improved engagement
  • How Motivational Interviewing approaches can be used with people who might initially be hard to engage, and how to listen out for signs that they might be ready to change
  • How really listening to and empathising with people’s struggles can support their natural desire to change
  • How to develop reflective listening skills
  • How Motivational Interviewing works alongside other behaviour change approaches such as CBT and solution focused practice to support people’s transition from where they are, to where they want to be.

Working collaboratively is at the heart of this training will be delivered in a number of styles including videos, small group discussions and practice exercises. Practicing the key elements of Motivational Interviewing will help to build your confidence and skills in delivering this effective response to some challenging situations. Further reading and resources to support ongoing development will be made available to participants post-training.

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