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Motivational Interviewing

Date: From Tuesday 29 November 2016 to Tuesday 14 March 2017
Time: 09.30 AM to 04.00 PM
Venue: Sheffield Hallam University's City Campus

“Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with a particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion” (Miller & Rollnick, 2013).

Who should attend a motivational interviewing workshop?
• practitioners wishing to become members of MINT and to attend train the trainers (TNT)
• practitioners and educators working across a range of health settings
• health professional working with patients in order to reduce 'risk behaviours'
• other areas of counselling that use MI include sexual health, diet/nutrition, domestic violence and young offenders
• practitioners working with clients in a counselling or advisory role.
Aims and objectives of MI
The courses will introduce, develop and evaluate skills in MI, exploring individuals' ambivalence to change from risk behaviours. The main aims and objectives of the courses are
• to develop skills in exploring a client’s ambivalence and readiness for change
• to identify effective methods of psychotherapeutic counselling techniques for initial and ongoing consultation sessions
• to enable counsellors to encourage clients self-efficacy and self-responsibility for change
• to develop skills within the counsellor that will aid the client to move through the stages of behaviour change including maintenance and relapse prevention.

We offer training and supervision for practitioners wishing to develop skills in MI whatever their level of experience and setting within which they work. The training is delivered by members of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and the curriculum is aligned to the content recommended for practitioners and trainers in MI. The delivery team offers an experiential programme of MI learning based on their clinical experience and published research in the field internationally and across the UK. The lead trainer, Dr Jeff Breckon, delivered the Training New Trainers (TNT) for MINT in Barcelona (2009) and Krakow (2013).
The workshop enables practitioners, from a range of settings, to experience the application of MI including key aspects such as ‘spirit’, microskills (OARS), and change/sustain talk, and is founded on the four processes of MI: ‘engaging’, ‘focussing’, ‘evoking’, and ‘planning’ as recommended by Miller & Rollnick (2013).

All delegates receive training materials on CD as well as real and role-play packs for practice sessions beyond the workshop. A range of teaching approaches are used in order to provide a comprehensive and enjoyable learning environment.
The programme is supported by an online MI training package developed specifically for health professionals and those wishing to assess their own knowledge and applied competence in MI. For information on this package try a demo at

Course dates:
• Introductory MI 2 day workshop
Day one – Tuesday, 29 November 2016
Day two – Tuesday, 06 December 2016
• Intermediate 2 day MI Workshop
Day one – Tuesday,  10 January 2017
Day two – Tuesday,  17 January 2017
• Advanced 2 day MI Workshop
Day one – Tuesday, 07 March 2017
Day two – Tuesday, 14 March 2017

The workshops will be held at the University's City Campus and will begin at 9.30am and finish at 4pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Course fee:

The cost (per 2-day workshop) is £225 (or £600 if you wish to attend all 3 x 2-day workshops).  Discounts are available for SHU staff, students and alumni – further information available upon request.

Please note it is a prerequisite that delegates attending the Intermediate workshop must have attended the Introductory workshop first and delegates attending the Advanced workshop must have attended the Introductory and Intermediate workshops. The training should have been by a member of the MI Network of Trainers (MINT):

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