Motivational Interviewing & Beyond (2 days)

Can be taken as an individual course or as a part of:

Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

14 CPD hours

Course Brief

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.

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 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

Accreditation Level 1 (Foundation) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending any of the modules comprising the above Certificates via live training or live/recorded webcast.

This level of accreditation gives you a Certificate of Attendance, as well as access to the course materials and other resources, and enables you to state in your CV that you have SDS Accreditation in Certificate in Resource Based Therapies Level 1 (Foundation).

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast. Successful completion of the online refresher, which includes the associated exam, gives you SDS Level 2 Accreditation.

SDS Accreditation, Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) is the level of accreditation you obtain by attending all modules of an SDS Modular course via live training or live/recorded webcast and passing an appropriate online exam after completing the whole course.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in the appropriate subject, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 2 (Assessed Academic Competence) Accreditation as a Practitioner in Certificate in Resource Based Therapies.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast listed as a suitable refresher course. Should you renew your accreditation within these 3 years, your access to these refresher courses is discounted by 50%.* Should you let your accreditation lapse, you pay the full price for the refresher training.

SDS Accreditation, Level 3 (Clinical Proficiency) is as Level 2, with the addition of:

  • Submitting a project of an acceptable standard (3,000 words) at the end of your Certificate training. The purpose of the project is to illustrate that you can apply the academic knowledge gained from the course to a clinical situation.
  • Submitting a written statement from your Clinical Supervisor confirming the regularity and duration of your supervision with them and your Competence as a clinician in the chosen topic. Your Clinical Supervisor should meet our qualification criteria.

This level of accreditation gives you a BPS Approved Certificate in the appropriate subject, as well as access to the course materials and other resources. It also enables you to state in your CV that you have Level 3 (Clinical Proficiency) Accreditation as a Practitioner in Certificate in Resource Based Therapies.

You also will be given an option to be listed in the SDS Register of Qualified Practitioners in the appropriate field – our Network of Qualified Practitioners.

Your accreditation currently lasts for 3 years, after which you cannot make the above statements and access course resources.

This level of accreditation is renewable by sitting an online refresher course or attending a live course/webcast listed as a suitable refresher course and by submitting a new written statement from your Supervisor. Should you renew your accreditation within these 3 years, your access to these refresher courses and the written assignment is discounted by 50%.* Should you let your accreditation lapse, you pay the full price for the refresher training.

Course Tutor

Prof Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Clinical Psychology at PSMedUniv, Director of SDS Seminars

Paul Grantham, is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. He 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 clinical lead for over 34 psychotherapy training films, an author of 2 books and, as a Director of SDS Seminars Ltd, he commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist, and an Honorary Professor of Clinical Psychology. 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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