Intermediate motivational interviewing

Course overview

This intermediate level course is the next step for people who have already received introductory level training in Motivational Interviewing. A basic understanding of the theory, principles and skills used in MI is required.

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based approach based on a person-centered counselling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change.

It has its roots in the treatment of substance misuse but has now been successfully used internationally in a multitude of settings, including with offenders, youth offending teams, childcare teams, mental health teams, GP clinics, medication adherence, reduction of HIV infection, pain management and improvement in recovery from strokes.

Motivational Interviewing is a highly effective approach in helping people make behavioural or attitudinal change, especially with individuals who are apparently reluctant to engage or who have been coerced into changing. The approach focuses on intrinsic factors for change even when extrinsic factors (e.g. the court, social workers, family) have brought them to the worker. Motivational Interviewing builds a collaborative approach and has the added benefit for in dividuals and organisations of reducing worker stress and the risk of burnout.

This one day course further develops practitioner skill and confidence in the practical application of this approach. The training will use a range of methods including didactic teaching, live demonstrations, audio, video and coaching. The training aims to develop understanding and skill to a more advanced level.

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, such as substance use, mental health, probation, youth offending and childcare social work.

This intermediate course is aimed at professionals who have completed an introductory Motivational Interviewing course and are trying to use the approach in their practice.

It is not suitable for people who have not completed either the 2 day introductory course at the Tavistock and Portman or an equivalent course elsewhere and/or are not actively trying to use the approach in their practice.

For those people who were trained in MI some time ago and who are looking for a refresher, the introductory 2 day course is likely to be more appropriate. If in any doubt please contact us at and we will be able to advise you further. 

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the course start date.
Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

There will be two intakes available in the 2020 - 21 Academic Year. The days run from 9.45am - 4.45pm and the intakes are on the following dates:

Intake One: Thursday 22 April 2021

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Intake Two: Thursday 15 July 2021

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“Workshops are just the beginning of learning a complex skill.” (Miller 2004).

Becoming proficient in MI takes commitment and practice. With individual supervision and feedback following an introductory workshop, practitioners are more likely to master the approach. Individual or small group supervision sessions can be arranged with our trainer, Jackie Webb. These can be delivered at the Tavistock Clinic, in-house at your organisation (depending on location) or via Skype. For more information, please contact the CPD team at

“Personal MI supervision is invaluable to the development of my practice – it is a place I pause and reflect; gain insights into my strengths and areas for development; practice my MI skills using role play; and receive detailed feedback on recorded client sessions. For me, personal MI supervision is a stimulating and affirming experience in which I gain clarity and focus in the type of conversations I am trying to facilitate with my clients.” A current supervisee

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