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Motivational Interviewing & Beyond (2 days)

NB! - Course runs for 2 (TWO) consecutive days from the date advertised.

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 (3 modules/5 days training) approved by the BPS.

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

  • Motivational Interviewing & Beyond (2 day course)
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (2 day course)
  • Positive Psychotherapy: Supercharge Your Practice
  • Book the full RBT Certificate and save £100 + VAT!

    This two day training course outlines both Motivational Interviewing (MI) and behaviour change skills whilst addressing additional common 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 has broad applicability for a range of client groups – from adolescents to older people; from offenders to those with mental health problems.

    This evidence-based seminar addresses the following issues:

    • Practical ideas developed from MI, environmental psychology and learning theory
    • Effective evidence-based strategies for all practitioners - whether working in long term therapeutic relationships or with brief 5 minute contacts
    • How to motivate clients who do not want to talk to you or even be in the same room as you!
    • How doing LESS can motivate your clients MORE
    • How what your client SAYS increases what they DO afterwards… and how to get them to say it!
    • How to prevent and manage resistance more effectively
    • How to make goal setting work and feedback more effective as motivating factors


    • Video demonstrations of techniques
    • Numerous worksheets to take away and start using immediately to motivate your clients

    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

    Paul Grantham with Bill Miller and Steve Rollnick at MI Conference, 2012 Cardiff.
    See Paul’s post about the Conference on SDS Blog: http://sdsmedia.blogspot.co.uk/

    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:

    Early Bird Price: £250 + VAT (£300) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials.
    Regular Price: £280 + VAT (£336).

    Course Fees for Block Booking of all 3 courses/5 days on RBT – save over £100 from booking courses individually: Click here for details

    Certificate of Attendance:
    You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 14 CPD training hours on the day.

    Recommended Viewing:

    Motivational Interviewing - 2 CPD Hours

    See William R. Miller utilize Motivational Interviewing in an actual counselling session with a client struggling with addiction.
    Dr. Miller demonstrates how Motivational Interviewing helps people resolve their ambivalence about changing addictive behaviours. The therapist creates an atmosphere that is conducive to change by expressing empathy and encouragement, rolling with resistance, and helping the client explore the gaps between their current behaviours and the life they would like to lead. In this video, Dr. Miller works with a client who is considering changing his alcohol use and smoking habits. Jon Carlson and Judy Lewis introduce Dr. Miller, and facilitate an in-depth discussion of the further impact and uses of the model.

    Exclusive offer for SDS delegates: Save 15% on this DVD
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    Recommended Viewing:

    William Miller on Motivational Interviewing - 1 CPD Hour

    If you’ve ever tried to help someone change, you’ve probably realized that taking the expert role and telling the person what to do often doesn’t work, and usually leaves you feeling frustrated. Bill Miller, the founder of Motivational Interviewing, developed an alternative that might be obvious to some and radical to others: honor the person’s autonomy, draw forth the inherent desire to change, and take a collaborative—rather than confrontational—approach.

    Exclusive offer for SDS delegates: Save 15% on this DVD
    Use this code on the checkout: SDSDVD

    Recommended Reading:

    Course Outline:


    Please make sure that you arrive in time for 9.30 AM start (sharp!). Your late arrival might result in you not been eligible for the BPS Approved Certificate.
    The same applies to the finish times. Make sure that your travel arrangements enable you to be present until 4.30 PM every day of the course.
    We very much appreciate your co-operation on this matter.

    Every day consists of the morning session (starting at 9.30 AM sharp!) and afternoon session (finishing at 4.30 PM strictly).
    Refreshments provided during your morning (11.15) and afternoon (14.45) break.
    Lunch break (1 hour) – lunch by own arrangements (12.30 – 13.30).

    Due to the INTENSIVE NATURE of this training we advise you to have extra drinks of water with you and layers of clothing to adjust effectively to the temperature in the room.

    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 the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or editor of over 34 training films within the psychotherapy training field over the last decade and both commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul commissioned SDS Seminars’ BPS Approved Introduction to CBT – a course which has recently (June 2015) seen its 1000th student successfully complete. The BPS Approved Essential Clinical Supervision Skills devised and delivered by Paul is one of the very few non-university based Supervision courses which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

    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.

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