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Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is the leading approach to increase motivation and commitment to change.  First developed in the alcohol field, it has been found highly effective in a wide range of areas including social work, offending, mental health and homelessness. It has proven particularly effective with stuck or entrenched clients from a wide range of backgrounds.


The course identifies the key factors that drive change and demonstrates how Motivational Interviewing works alongside these forces.  It supports practitioners to reduce resistance to change through the development of accurate empathetic listening so that clients articulate the need for change themselves.  As such, it can be used as a brief intervention or as an effective primer to increase engagement with clients who have not yet achieved a sufficient level of commitment. 


Who is the Course For? 


Motivational Interviewing is useful for a wide range of issues.  Its primary focus is on igniting motivation to change is helpful when any client group who are stuck or who enter services in states of low motivation.  As such, it is helpful in any change or recovery based services such as mental health, substance misuse, offending social work, domestic violence, supported housing, young people’s services, family work and more besides.

Available to be Delivered Online:


Yes, Zoom based integration

Course Length 


1 or 2 days (9.30-4.30)

Max Number of Attendees 



Resources Required

Flipchart stand & paper

Any seating arrangment

Method of Delivery


The training programme comes with an extensive booklet for each participant.  The training course is highly interactive, even during presentations. It uses a wide variety of learning approaches including presentations, pairs and small group work exercises and self-assessment.  The course is also supported with free e-learning and further resources to re-cap, review and refresh learning. Also available is a Motivational Interviewing Patient Simulator linked to this website.


Course Aims and Objectives

The aim of the course is to equip practitioners with the skills to apply Motivational Interviewing in a variety of settings.


By the end of the course participants will have had opportunities to:           


  • Support pre-contemplative clients to consider change

  • Explore the drivers of motivation

  • Describe the influence of the relationship on motivation to change. 

  • Practice core skills in motivational interviewing

  • Structure and deliver a Motivational interviewing brief intervention



"Very engaging and informative made the session fun and engaging. The whole day was really interesting and I feel I have learned so much.  I will use the techniques with my clients who are complex and waiting to change."

CPN Working with Veterans with PTSD


"I've completed MI training before, but this gave more information in a different format.  Full of interesting facts, good variety of interaction and talking.  Thoroughly enjoyable, well presented.  Very good refresher."

Senior Occupational Therapist

"This is the 3rd time I have done this training but this is the longest course I have done.  I learn something new every time.  It's incredibly useful & the online resource is fantastic.  Phil is very knowledgeable and welcoming making the course brilliant.  Thank you!"

Social Worker

"Practical guidance and practice of theory.  Background to theory, clear advice on how to implement.  Very good, relevant use of research to inform skills and clear responses from Phil to increase understanding."

Social Worker

"The whole day was useful.  The focus on language.  Excellent, thank you."

Clinical Psychologist

"Brilliant-can't wait for more training by you!"

Youth Justice Officer

"It was particularly helpful to have the small group discussions to practice the skills.  It was also helpful to see the trainer role model specific skills.  It helped me to think about slowing down my tendency to push towards problem solving when clients aren’t ready for that – and to think about what I can do i.e. MI(!) in those earlier more cognitive stages of the model. "

Principal Clinical Psychologist - Lead

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