Motivational Interviewing (2 days)

31 January 2024
20 February 2024 - 27 February 2024 9:00 am Online via Zoom
20 February 2024 – 27 February 2024 9:00 am

Online via Zoom

Trainer’s background

Phil Harris has worked with complex needs for over 28 years as a practitioner, trainer and manager. He has extensive experience across the field frontline substance misuse, homelessness, and mental health services. He has managed teams including family, young people, dual diagnosis & personality disorders and substance misuse. And designed a wide range of services from large scale multi-county treatment systems to specialist programmes for groups with complex needs.

Phil is a visiting lecturer at Bristol University Social Policy Unit, advisor to the US BICEP programme and World Health Organisation in the Balkans region. He has written over 20 scholarly articles on effective practice and has published five books on substance misuse, treatment effectiveness, family and young people with complex needs. Visit for more information.

About this event

Motivational interviewing is a leading approach to increase motivation and commitment to change. It was first developed in the alcohol field, but as they had identified that there was no specific addiction psychology, it has been developed in a wide range of areas including social work, offending, mental health and homelessness fields. It has proven particularly effective with stuck or entrenched clients from a wide range of backgrounds.

This course maps the key factors that elicit change and demonstrates how Motivational Interviewing works alongside these forces. Drawing on both person centred and directive techniques, it offers practical skills to assist the workers to helps clients articulate and recognise the need for change. As such, it is an effective primer to increase engagement with clients who have not yet achieved a sufficient level of commitment and move them into action without confrontation.

Who is This Course For?: Motivational Interviewing is useful for a wide range of social issues. Its primary focus is on igniting motivation to change, and so it is helpful when clients are stuck in problems and not advancing in change. As such it is helpful in all change and recovery-based services such as mental health, substance misuse, offending, social work, domestic violence, supported housing, young people’s services, family work and more besides.

Course Aims & Objectives: By the end of the course participants will have had opportunities to:

• Support pre-contemplative clients to consider change

• Explore the drivers of motivation

• Describe the influence of the relationship on motivation to change.

• Practice core skills in Motivational Interviewing

• Reduce resistance to change

• Structure and deliver a Motivational interviewing brief intervention

Method of Delivery: The training course is highly interactive, even during presentations. It uses a wide variety of learning approaches including presentations, pairs and small group work exercises and self-assessment. The course is also supported with a comprehensive workbook and free online e-learning and further resources to re-cap, review and refresh learning.

The course is free of charge.

Once you have registered your place please ensure this is added to your diary. A Zoom link will be circulated direct to the attendees via Eventbrite within the week prior to the training date.

For more information please contact the DAAT Team on [email protected]

Agenda Day 1 Day 2
9.30 Introduction & Climate Setting 9.30 Recap
9.45 Change
– Stages of change
– Addressing pre-contemplation
9.45 Discrepancy
– What is discrepancy?
– Developing discrepancy
10.30 Break 10.30 Break
10.40 Drivers of Change
– Understanding ambivalence
– Why do clients get stuck?
10.40 Resistance
– Sources of resistance
– Rolling with resistance
11.30 Break 11.30 Break
11.40 Common Factors
– Principles of MI
– Why the relationship matters
– Spirit of MI
11.40 Structuring Sessions
– Four Stages
12.45 Lunch 12.45 Lunch
1.15 Opinion Forming
– Reactance
– Change Talk
– Sustain Talk
1.15 Engaging and Focusing
– The client’s story
– What is the problem?
– Ambivalence
2.10 Break 2.10 Break
2.20 Reflective Listening
– Interviewing
– What is not being said
– Reflecting emotion
2.20 Evoking
– DARN Questions
– Goals Setting
– Planning
4.00 Close and Evaluation 4.00 Close and Evaluation

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