Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (2 days ) 18/19 October 2017

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Quick Overview

This 2 day non-residential course in Birmingham introduces the core principles of motivational interviewing and provides practice in the essential skills applied in a range of settings. Participants are welcome from any setting, for example, health, criminal justice, education and employment.

By the end of the course participants will be able to discuss the concept of motivation and relate it to a model of the way people change. They will be able to make a realistic assessment of a client’s motivation, use their interviewing and counselling skills to elicit and foster the client’s wish to change and will have increased their effectiveness with clients who are resistant to changing risk behaviour. For staff of English alcohol and drug agencies the course supports DANOS standards , HSC3111, AB2.2012, , AF2.2012, AI1.2012, SCDHSC0344, SCDHSC0352. For health professionals in the UK this course is in accordance with NICE guidance on behaviour change (Oct 2007).

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Better engage reluctant or resistant service users
  • Find a shared focus on behaviour change
  • Evoke change talk and help service users resolve their ambivalence about change
  • Make action plans jointly with service users and elicit their commitment to change
  • Conduct the above within a compassionate, respectful and empowering relationship between professional and service user.

Topics include;

  • The Spirit of MI and Dangerous Assumptions
  • Core Skills to express empathy (open questions, reflection, affirmation and summarising)
  • Sustain talk and discord. The art of rolling with resistance
  • Engaging the reluctant or non-verbal service user
  • Ambivalence, the decisional balance and stages of change
  • Motivation as a combination of importance and confidence
  • Building importance by developing awareness of discrepancy
  • Building self-efficacy (confidence)by focussing on strengths
  • Types of change talk at different stages in the process; recognising and building on it
  • Exchanging information without falling into the expert trap


Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (2 days ) 18/19 October 2017

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Continuing to Learn Motivational Interviewing

Research into the teaching of motivational interviewing has shown that full competence is only reached when a typical 2-day introductory workshop is backed up by supervised practice in the workplace (Miller et al 2005). Many organisations are able to provide this in-house and we strongly recommend that agencies commissioning M.I. training build such supervision in to their overall staff development plan.

However, we have found that not everyone who attends our courses has such help to consolidate and continue their learning once the course is over. Consequently we are now offering M.I. supervision that can be customised to individual need. Possible formats are:

  • Telephone coaching
  • Critique and feedback on taped sessions with clients
  • One to one supervision.

If you would like more information or to arrange some supervision speak to your trainer on the course or contact us directly on

To learn more about Motivational Interviewing click here or go to the MINT website MINT


Pip Mason
Pip is a nurse, trained in cognitive-behavioural approaches to counselling people with addictions problems. She is co-author (with Steve Rollnick and Chris Butler) of Health Behavior Change, A Guide for Health Professionals and author of numerous training packages relating to substance use, counselling and health promotion. Pip is a member of the international network of motivational interviewing trainers.


The Beeches Management Centre
3 miles from Birmingham City Centre within easy reach of motorway networks and a taxi journey from either Birmingham New Street Station or Birmingham International airport. It is set in 5 acres of grounds in leafy Bournville and a short walk away from Cadbury World! There is full disabled access. For people travelling from afar residential facilities are available at an extra charge, in en-suite rooms with telephone and TV. Contact The Beeches to arrange this (0121 433 3311). Visit their website.

Comments from participants:

“Trainer was fantastic, enthusiastic, applied knowledge effectively to our roles and maintained interest.” 

“Excellent. Informative yet given plenty of time to practice on our own in a comfortable setting. I usually hate roleplay but this was organised in a much more relaxed way.” 

“The video clips were very useful to give us an idea how to use the techniques in real life.” 

“Very relaxed but we worked hard in a very enthusiastic way.” 

“I was quite dubious about the training before I arrived but I found the course to be excellent and exactly what I needed.” 

“An extremely interesting and eye-opening course.” 

“The quality of the training was excellent in delivery, presentation, also witty and humorous. Depth of knowledge was obvious in the ease with which information was made understandable and accessible.”

“Laid back style of presentation with lots of humour works well for me!” 

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