Motivational interviewing

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Understand the spirit and principles and practice core skills to deliver motivational interviewing to initiate change.

This is a 2 day course in Bristol (you come to us).

Participants develop an understanding of the spirit and processes of motivational interviewing, the leading approach to initiating change in a wide range of problems.

Practise skills to deepen engagement processes and help people to reflect on behaviours and consequences, articulate and recognise the need for change, engage with support services, and strengthen their motivation and commitment to positive change.

    Available for teams in-house (we come to you).

    Also currently available (online for individuals) and (online for teams).

    Course aims

    To build on current practice and provide participants with a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge involved in motivational interviewing

    Course objectives

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

    • Identify sub-types of pre-contemplative clients
    • Explore the drivers on motivation
    • Understand the influence of the relationship on motivation to change
    • Practice core skills in Motivational Interviewing
    • Identify techniques to reduce resistance to change
    • Structure and deliver a Motivational Interviewing brief intervention

    Venue info:

    Courses in Bristol (you come to us)

    All courses take place at accessible venues in Bristol.

    If for any reason the course cannot be delivered face-to-face, we will take a flexible and responsive approach to keep people learning – which will include delivering the training on the same day as a live interactive online session, or transferring bookings to the next available dates.

    Trainer: Phil Harris

    "The course has been very interesting and enlightening. I shall listen more carefully and observantly, use more reflective statements. I feel more confident that I will be able to use what I have learned very soon."

    Lydia Downey, Food Coordinator, Bath MIND, June 2023

    "Learning about the techniques of reflective listening and about the drivers of and the brain and its functions to tie this together. We can have a big effect on motivation as practitioners. It was useful going through examples in a group."

    Course participant, June 2023

    "Phil is really engaging and took us through at a good pace. I will consider how MI can be used in future roles, use listening skills and follow my personal plan developed in the final sessions!"

    Course participant, June 2023

    "It was immensely insightful. I will practise my reflective listening and help individuals find their own solutions. Phil was an excellent tutor. My attention and interest were maintained throughout."

    Andrew Kiefir, ST&R Worker - Avon & Wiltshire MH Partnership NHS Trust (Veterans Mental Health & Wellbeing Service), February 2022

    " Excellent - best training I've had in a very long time! Phil was a fountain of knowledge and delivered the training in an accessible and applied way. Enjoyed the two days and got everything that I wanted from the course."

    Course participant, February 2022

    "Very passionate and enthusiastic trainer! Lots of varied activities and great content. Pushed out of my comfort zone. I’ve learnt so much and really enjoyed it!"

    Stacey Hitchcock, Social Prescribing Link Worker, Wellspring HCC, January 2019

    "Techniques and style of questioning to increase engagement in client work. Excellent training - especially in relation to neuroscience and trauma. Useful tips and easy ways of remembering things, will be useful in my role."

    Alex Burr, Mental Health Practitioner, CAMHS, October 2018