Motivational interviewing

Foundations in Motivational Interviewing (MI)

“Exploring Motivation and Facilitating Change”

Motivational interviewing is an evidence-based, client-centred approach aimed at supporting others in deciding and making helpful changes in their lives.

The course will provide opportunities to observe and practice the approach in a protected environment. By the end of the course participants will feel able to start using Motivational Interviewing (MI) in their work settings.

Please note, MI does not have an evidence base for working with people with  significant learning difficulties.

The two day (or equivalent to) course introduces participants to the theory, spirit and principles in using MI to help people make positive change. The training will use a range of methods including didactic teaching, live demonstrations, audio, video and coaching. The training will aim to create a curiosity to learn more and develop practice.

This course will be delivered by a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) who has worked and trained across a wide range of settings. Attendees must fully attend both days of the course. We also invite all attendees to practice forums post 6 months of attending the course.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the 2 day (or equivalent to) programme aims to equip delegates to:

  • Understand Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills and processes involved  in how people change behaviour
  • Practice core communication skills
  • Understand  and  practice   responding to change  talk and  sustain  talk
  • Exchanging  information
  • Developing a change plan
  • Integrating  skills into  current  practice

Who is the course for?

The course is aimed at any professional working with adults, young people, children or families, where behavioural or attitudinal change is needed or desired. The course will provide opportunities to observe and practice the approach in a protected environment. By the end of the course, participants will feel able to start using MI in their work settings.

This course is also suitable as a refresher/update for people who trained in MI some time ago. We do not recommend anybody who has has attended MI training in the last 3 years to attend this.

How this the course delivered?

All training is facilitator-led and delivered in both virtual (zoom) and face-to-face formats.  

Course fee

The course costs £200 PP regardless of mode of delivery.

There are currently limited number of funded places available for health and social care staff working in the London Boroughs of Barking & Dagenham, City & Hackney, Havering, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest. Please note booking a funded place and not turning up will incur a £200 charge.

Dates and how to apply

Below are the current course dates. please click on the course date you wish to attend to book your place. We  now  offer the  training  in 3  different  formats; 

  • 2 days face to face, 
  • 3 short days virtually  
  • 4 half days virtually

Registration will be completed via Eventbrite. Delegates must attend all of the dates.


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