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Motivational Interviewing for Health Visitors, School and Community Nurses

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Who the course is aimed at 

This short course is aimed at all professional staff working with families around issues concerning behaviour change.

Benefits of taking the course to the individual, the organisation and the patient

This course will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to deliver consultations within a motivational interviewing approach.

What you learn 

There is significant focus on facilitating behaviour change in clients and their families within current health visiting and school nursing practice. However, it is clear that this work requires advanced consultation skills to really "make every contact count".

Sheffield Hallam University has developed a one day course aimed at teaching some of these foundation skills. This course is an exciting opportunity to learn how to effectively discuss and promote behaviour change with clients.

"Motivational Interviewing" is a broad ranging psychological approach used in many fields of practice which emphasises change in behaviour e.g. sports, nutrition and health. This is a well evidenced approach that primarily explores clients' ambivalence about making any lifestyle changes.

It can be employed as a brief intervention in a variety of contexts and settings, e.g. a one off session through to complete programmes. The course will consist of discussion about the "spirit" and frameworks underpinning Motivational Interviewing. These strategies include reflective listening, allowing the client to interpret information, setting an agenda, rolling with resistance and eliciting change talk. Facilitating consultations through open questions, simple and complex reflective statements, affirmations and summaries will form the basis for the workshop. Honing these skills will enhance your ability to cope with the ever increasing demands placed on health visitors, school nurses and other community practitioners.

Skills gained for the workplace, technical skills or academic skills

Skills are in motivational interviewing approaches to conducting consultations around behaviour change.

Fees and Funding for 2019/20

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: Trusts can request bespoke deliveries of this course for up to 20 of their staff. Please contact the Module Leader for further details

International students: N/A


This module attracts Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funding by the following schemes:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a Learning Beyond Registration/Specialist Skills and Post Registration Development (LBR/SSPRD) funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and LBR/SSPRD online application form

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Pat Day - or contact the student experience team:

(0114) 225 2372

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