Running over four half days, this is a skills-based course that builds upon a firm understanding of the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing and is suitable for practitioners working with people with troubling behaviour who do not yet see the need for change.
The course gives you a chance to explore and practise using Motivational Interviewing (MI) compassionately when there is discord, when there is fear, when there is reluctance or loss of hope. MI’s strongest evidence base points to its usefulness in helping people change when they do not feel ready or are in two minds about change. On this course you will practise engaging, focussing and evoking change with people who at various stages of readiness to change.
As learning MI skills is most effective when both speaker and listener are authentic, rather than practise with case studies or ‘role play’, we create a safe space for learners to draw on their own experiences. The usefulness of MI is most convincing when it is felt. We also encourage practising with an observer as they can give feedback. Observation others is also a great way of learning!
As this course is not an introductory course but builds upon a firm understanding of the Spirit of Compassionate Motivational Interviewing, you will already have completed that Waypoint course (ideally) or an equivalent. It’s important that you are already familiar with the spirit or philosophy of MI and also have some experience in supporting others around behaviour change