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Motivational Interviewing (3 day Training)

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Can be taken as an individual three-day course or as a part of a Certificate in Motivational Interviewing.

A three day training specifically on Motivational Interviewing (MI) which reflects Type 3 training (Motivational Interviewing Training New Trainers Manual 2014) with some individual feedback (Type 4). Course content and training methods significantly influenced by the above Manual

Who is this course for? The course is designed for delegates who wish to be formally trained in MI skills.

Course content

  • Spirit of MI
    • Definition and purpose Of MI
    • Key role of ambivalence
    • Collaboration, Evocation, Autonomy Support
    • Four principles of MI; Empathy. Discrepancy. Resistance, Self-Efflcacy
    • MI as a two Phase process
  • Engagement
    • Person-centred counselling skills that are foundational in MI:
    • Central role of OARS
    • Thomas Gordon's (1970) communication model
    • Development of accurate empathy
    • Simple vs. complex reflections
    • Overshooting/understating
  • Focusing
    • Agreeing on a shared focus
    • Managing discrepancy of focus
  • Evoking
    • Recognizing Change Talk and Sustain Talk
    • 10 strategies for evoking change talk
    • Preparatory change talk: Desire. Ability. Reasons. Need (DARN)
    • Implementing change talk: Commitment' Intention, Activation, Taking Steps (CAT)
  • Sustain Talk & Resistance
    • The difference between Sustain talk vs. Resistance Techniques for responding to resistance
    • The importance of the strength and trajectory of change talk
    • Using amplified and double sided reflection
    • Other responses: Shifting focus, reframing, emphasizing personal control, coming alongside. Agreement with a twist (agreement or reflection followed by reframe)
    • Decisional balance
  • Planning
    • When to make a transition from Phase 1 to Phase 2
    • Negotiating a change plan
    • Recognizing readiness
    • Giving information and advice
    • Strengthening confidence (self-efficacy)
  • Consolidating Commitment
    • Differentiating commitment language from preparatory change talk
    • Eliciting commitment language
    • Recognizing lower-strength commitment and how to change it

Course FAQs

Should I complete this course or “Motivational Interviewing & Beyond”?

Motivational Interviewing & Beyond

  1. Examines general questions and theories of client motivation.
  2. Examines other psychological evidence based strategies (apart from MI) for motivating your clients.
  3. Focuses much more on clients within a “Pre-contemplation” stage – in particular clients who do not think they have a problem or specifically see it as someone else’s responsibility for addressing it.
  4. Motivational Interviewing & Beyond is more relevant EITHER for those wanting a broad introduction to client motivation OR those trained in MI who want to consider client motivational strategies beyond an MI framework.

I’ve completed the “Motivational Interviewing & Beyond” course. How does this course differ?

This course provides detailed training specifically and exclusively on Motivational Interviewing Skills. It breaks the recognised MI skill set and attitudes into their broad component parts and uses video and live demonstrations plus pair work practice to achieve these aims. It is more detailed, more interactive and exclusively MI skills focused.

This course is available for in-house training.
For further details on in-house training visit: http://www.sdsinhouse.co.uk


Course Price:

Early Bird price: £375 + VAT (£450) per delegate. This discount is available on bookings made more than 1 month prior the course date event.
Regular price: £420 + VAT (£504) per delegate.

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 21 CPD training hours on the day.

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Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work. Paul is the Chair of the BABCP Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Special Interest Group.

Paul is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

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  • Live video feed
  • Live presentation slides
  • Opportunity to ask questions
  • Opportunity to discuss the course with other delegates
  • Voting in polls
  • Additional resources online
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