Motivational interviewing

Course overview

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a person-centred counselling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change.

It has its roots in the field of substance use, but has now been successfully used in a multitude of settings, including probation and youth offending, mental health, GP and other healthcare settings, the reduction of HIV infection, Family Nurse Partnerships, pain management, improvement in recovery from stroke and increasingly in childcare settings.

MI is an evidence based approach with over 1200 Randomised Control Trials and is also helpful in reducing worker stress.

The course will provide opportunities to observe and practise 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 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, such as substance use, mental health, probation, youth offending and childcare social work.

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 practise 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.

It’s the best course I have been on - Jan 19

Very intensive and full of great systems and useful provocation - Jan 19

The tutor was really great, she was brilliant at eliciting interaction and participation. The level was perfect - May 19

These courses will be delivered 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.
Additional resources for this course will be provided using Moodle, our virtual learning environment.
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 5 intakes scheduled for the 2020/21 academic year. Each day will run from 9am - 4.30pm. The dates for the intakes are as follows:

Intake One - remote delivery

13 - 14 October 2020 - FULLY BOOKED

Intake Two - remote delivery

23 - 24 February 2021 - FULLY BOOKED

Intake Three - remote delivery

25 - 26 March 2021

To book onto Intake Three - FULLY BOOKED

Intake Four - remote delivery

6 - 7 May 2021

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Intake Five -  remote delivery

29 - 30 June 2021

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The course costs £350 regardless of mode of delivery.

As part of the process of conversion to remote delivery, we have been working closely with our training staff to ensure that our remote provision will provide the same content, quality and intended learning outcomes as a face-to-face version of the course would.

“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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