Course Content:

Day One
• Brief history and development of Motivational Interviewing
• What is not consistent with MI – roadblocks to effective communication
• Why persuasion doesn’t work
• The cycle of change
• Conditions necessary for change
• Internal and external motivation
• Key principles – developing discrepancy in clients, building self-efficacy, managing discord and eliciting ‘Change Talk’
• ‘OARS’ – the skills of the approach
• Identifying and overcoming communication barriers in support work
Day Two
• Change talk – why it is important
• ‘DARN’ language – Desire, Ability, Reason and Need for change – individual exercise
• Eliciting change talk
• Decisional balance strategy
• ‘Sustain Talk’ and Discord, working with these concepts and encouraging the change process
• Putting it all together – case study / large group exercise
• Evaluation and consideration of incorporating MI into your work
• Review and feedback on reflective practice exercises

Pre Course Work
Read “What is Motivational Interviewing” article by Stephen Rollnick and William Miller.

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Certificate in Management of Problem Substance Use
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Who Should Apply?

Open to those whose role involves supporting people with substance or behavioural / lifestyle issues.

Venue & Dates

This course will be provided on a regional basis. Please contact your Regional Learning and Development Officer for dates in your area.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course, delegates should be able to:

• Understand the principles of Motivational Interviewing
• Understand and practice basic Motivational Interviewing techniques
• Apply Motivational Interviewing skills to their work practice
• Support vulnerable clients, in both residential and congregational settings, to take personal responsibility and effect change in their own lives


Viv Mumby
BA(Hons), Diploma Counselling, Diploma Supervision, Cert Ed (FE), Cert Mediation Studies MBACP


Tim Anderson

Learning Hours:

16 hours