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Motivational Interviewing & Beyond (Online Introductory Course)

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

This two-day online training course introduces students to Motivational Interviewing (MI) whilst also addressing additional evidence based motivational issues and strategies.

You’ll be taken through a range of techniques, strategies and tips designed to improve your motivational skills whatever your client group – from treatment non-compliance (with the particular emphasis on the issue of motivating antagonistic clients and low mood/inactive clients) through dealing with offending behaviour to working with those with severe mental health problems.

The course is essential for practitioners working with a wide range of client groups – from adolescents to older people; from offenders to those with mental health problems.

This evidence-based training covers the following issues:

  • Practical ideas from MI, environmental psychology and learning theory
  • Why information-giving often doesn’t work as a motivational strategy
  • How arousal level is related to motivation and what to do about it
  • The unrecognised problem of “understandability” and motivation
  • How to motivate clients who do not want to talk to you or even be in the same room as you!
  • How what your client SAYS increases what they DO afterwards…and how to elicit it!
  • How to prevent and manage resistance more effectively
  • Effective evidence-based strategies for all practitioners - whether working in long term therapeutic relationships or with brief 5 minute contacts

The online course comprises of:

  • A full recording of live 2 day training with Paul Grantham, one of the best tutors on Motivation in the UK
  • 10 additional video demonstrations/illustrations, including the full 40 min training video on Force Field Analysis
  • 6 exercises with feedback
  • 13 additional reading materials, including journal articles and worksheets
  • 6 online tests

Course outline:

  • How do we currently try to motivate clients
    • Outline of common styles
    • Strengths and limitations of such styles
    • Discussion
  • Arousal & Motivation
    • Yerkes-Dodson & the 21st century
    • Why are ‘low energy’ clients unmotivated and what can be done about it?
    • Force-Field Analysis: A powerful tool for assessing & increasing motivation
  • Stages of change model & implications for motivational strategies
  • The MI process of Engage, Focusing, Evoking & Planning
  • Pre-Contemplators: The forgotten client group
    • Why do we have totally unmotivated clients
    • General principles for motivating "unmotivated clients"
    • "Depressed", "Inactive" & "Low Energy" clients
    • "Rebellious", "Compulsory Attendance" clients…or ones who simply hate you
  • Video illustration
  • The use of OARS (Open Questions, Affirmations, Reflections & Summary)
  • Working with uncertain or ambivalent clients
    • Key principles and attitudes on information giving and handling resistance
    • The role of change statements and how to elicit them
    • Working with clients with variable motivation. Video illustration
  • Goal setting & Feedback For Increasing Motivation
    • Powerful tools for good and bad
    • Making goal setting more effective
    • Increasing the effectiveness of feedback
  • Understanding Maintenance of Change and ensuring that your work with clients is not simply a pattern of repeated change followed by repeated relapse
    • The role of practice, routines and rituals
    • Social support as a key success factor
    • Handling relapse

Course FAQs

Should I complete this course or the 3 day Motivational Interviewing training?

This course (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.

The 3 day Motivational Interviewing 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.

3 Modules of the BPS Approved Certificate in Resource Based Therapies:

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

“Excellent in all aspects – practical ideas – will be implemented.”
CJ, Dietitian
“I did come not thinking that I would take much from the course considering my role in condition management & techniques already used. I WAS WRONG. I am looking forward to returning to work to practice techniques, ideas and skills I have learnt. Thank you.”
EA, Condition Manager

Course Price:

Online Training: £250 + VAT (£300)*.
* VAT is not charged for delegates whose address is outside the EU)

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 14 CPD training hours after completing the course.

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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