Motivational Interviewing – 2 days


Use motivational interviewing skills as an intervention to help children, young people and their families make positive changes in their lives.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about this effective, evidence based approach to overcome the ambivalence which keeps children, young people or their family members from making the desired changes in their lives.
  • Appreciate the value of a collaborative alliance between practitioner and client which focusses on the client’s intrinsic motivation and values.
  • Practice the principles of motivational interviewing such as: expressing empathy through reflective listening; developing discrepancy between clients’ goals or values and their present behaviour; avoid argument and direct confrontation; adjust to client ambivalence rather than opposing it directly; and support self-efficacy and optimism.
  • Learn about open-ended questioning, affirmations, summarising, reflective listening, sustain talk/discord (formerly called rolling with resistance) and change talk.
  • Consider how to use these skills as part of practice to encourage children, young people and their families to explore their ambivalence in problem areas, and work towards positive change.

Feedback from recent courses include:

Really enjoyable, relevant.  Thank you.  I found it really helpful that you touched on solution focused approaches and discussed the signs of safety approach, as these are now mandatory approaches for social workers [in our Authority].  Helpful to see how it all fits together.”

I greatly increased my knowledge of the principles and spirit involved in using MI. I am looking forward to use it in my practice”

I liked the pace of the training, it was a mixture of teaching, engaging, interacting, etc, so it kept my interest.  Kept it relevant for different members of the group.  Seemed to adapt and tailor to individual needs of the group.  Felt very safe to try and experiment.”