Motivational interviewing (2 day)

In-house course

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

This is a 2 day in-house course (we come to you).

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 assessment 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.

    This training is available for individual staff members on our open programme in Bristol (you come to us) and as a 1 day in-house course a (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
    • Describe the factors that increase initial motivation for change
    • Understand the influence of the helper on motivation for change
    • Develop reflective listening skills
    • Deliver the motivational interviewing within the four key phases of motivational interviewing
    • Understand the role of motivational interviewing within a wider process of change

    Venue info:

    In-house courses (we come to you)

    We would ask you to arrange a suitable venue and refreshments for the training. Contact us for more information.

    Trainer: Phil Harris

    "I found the course extremely useful and informative. It has definitely provided me with effective tools to motivate and help clients. Love the energy and enthusiasm that Phil brings. Really engaging, thank you!"

    Lisa Oxley, Counsellor & Team Leader, Mercia Care Homes Ltd (Sefton Park), January 2020

    "Very passionate and enthusiastic trainer! Lots of varied activities and great content. Pushed out of my comfort zone which was needed. I feel like I’ve learnt so much and really enjoyed it! Phil’s use of humour really helped break up the intensity too."

    Stacey Hitchcock, Social Prescribing Link Worker, Wellspring HCC, January 2020

    "Techniques and style of questioning to increase engagement in client work. I thought this was excellent training - especially in relation to neuroscience and trauma. Lots of useful tips and easy ways of remembering things, will be useful in my role."

    Alex Burr, Mental Health Practitioner, CAMHS, October 2018

    "Effect of trauma on ‘healthy’ development. Different approaches to pre-contemplation and direct techniques to engage and direct conversation. Very much enjoyed learning about the brain and influences on behaviour. Interesting and dynamic."

    Annabelle Flores, Outreach Worker, Unseen UK, October 2018

    "Methodology, brain science, case studies & stories, pace. Thank you, the course was exactly what I expected. Well-paced, content rich and good variety of stories & examples."

    Nicky Harverson, Project Officer Children & Young People, Active Gloucestershire, June 2018

    "All useful. Phil Harris is the finest educator I have encountered since I left university. Thank you for two extraordinary days."

    Richard Stacey, Advise Supervisor, St Paul’s Advice Centre, June 2018

    "Challenging, full of practical skills and ideas, with a strong foundation in the reality of being human. Depth of information to build understanding. Practical activities and skills development will enable me to use this in a variety of settings. This is one of the most interesting and useful training courses I have attended."

    Mentoring & Tutoring Coordinator, University of Bristol