Motivational interviewing

Course overview

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

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 individuals and organisations of reducing worker stress and the risk of burn out.

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 introductory 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.

The advanced two 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.

The introductory 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.

The Advanced Motivational Interviewing course is for those that have completed the initial two day Introduction to Motivational Interviewing training.

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.

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

I enjoyed most being given clear a concise, positive tools to engage my clients to find solutions for themselves. I have already implemented techniques and had positive results - June 20

I got so much out of this training. I found it more energising than having a weekend off, it was so helpful to have focused time slowing down my thinking and being immersed in this approach. Thank you! - Mar 21

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.

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.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: £375

Advanced Motivational Interviewing: £375

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing 

Intake 1 - Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 January 2022 - click here to book your place

Intake 2 - Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 February 2022 - click here to book your place

Advanced Motivational Interviewing 

Friday 5 November 2021 and Friday 7 January 2022 - Click here to book your place

“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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