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Demonstrations of motivational interviewing licensed for use in training. Motivational interviewing is demonstrated by Toni Gilligan and Pip Mason

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We made these recordings primarily to use on our own Motivational Interviewing courses. We have been training on this topic for many years and wanted some demonstration material that was relevant to the work lives of our course participants in the UK and that would provoke discussion and understanding of motivational interviewing principles.

The material in these recordings is not intended to be self-explanatory or a stand-alone teaching aid. We anticipate that it might be useful in the following settings:

  • For trainers, to be shown as part of a course accompanied by explanation and discussion.
  • For course participants to refresh and continue their learning after attending a training workshop.

There are 6 scenarios each 15-20 minutes long. Two (Liam and Steve) are located within the Criminal Justice System, two (David and Mandy) are in health care settings, one (Natalie) is in a drugs agency and one (Darren) is in a youth counselling context. The practitioners doing the demonstartions are Toni Gilligan and Pip Mason. The scenes are unscripted role-plays using professional actors to play the clients.


Liam (15 minutes) A drugs worker visits Liam in his police cell to talk to him about possible referral to the local drugs services. Liam is somewhat sullen and reluctant to engage and this scenario shows how the principle of empathically 'rolling with' resistance can help when working with such a client. The practitioner uses a style that is primarily reflective rather than questioning and listens hard for 'change talk'.

Natalie (12 minutes) A drugs worker discusses with Natalie the rules governing her methadone script. The agency has a policy where methadone is prescribed to people who are actively engaged in a day treatment programme. The practitioner's job is to tell Natalie her methadone is being suspended until she shows evidence of regular attendance. This scenario shows the value of reducing the discord without bending the agency rules.

David (19 minutes) A health professional helps David to consider the lifestyle changes that will help to prevent another heart attack. This scenario is based on the approach described in our  'Health Behaviour Change' book and shows agenda-setting, scaling questions and building confidence.

Mandy (13 minutes) A health professional talks with Mandy about her struggle to give up smoking. Mandy is keen to give up but has tried unsuccessfully and in this scenario the practitioner aims to re-build her confidence after relapse.

Darren (17 minutes) A careers guidance advisor helps Darren consider his options for the future. Darren’s resistance is subtler than Liam’s. He appears enthusiastic about getting work but is not actually doing anything about it. This scenario shows the advisor rolling with this resistance and uncovering the ambivalence that is preventing action.

Steve (20 minutes) Steve talks to a drugs worker in the prison about the prospects of staying off drugs after his release. Steve has successfully achieved abstinence while in prison. This scenario shows motivational interviewing being used in the context of relapse prevention with an emphasis on supporting self-efficacy.

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