Motivational Interviewing: Skills and Strategies for Helping People to Change (2 days)
Duration 2 days
This two day course on Motivational Interviewing aims to equip staff with knowledge and practical skills for helping people to change. This person-centred, evidence based approach has enjoyed growing popularity in the field of substance misuse, mental health problems, problem gambling, smoking cessation, health coaching and 'brief interventions' for hazardous behaviours such as alcohol use. Core principles can be integrated in a wide variety of support settings with very good effect.
The course explores the key concepts underpinning the approach and highlights the common pitfalls to avoid. Delegates will learn about MI's four-process model, which outlines processes that unfold when working towards change, how to recognise these and work with, rather than against the individual's unique perspective. The central importance of engagement and the quality of the client-worker relationship as a vehicle for real change is highlighted throughout.
The strong practical focus of the course introduces a range of skills and strategies to walk alongside a client in the journey of change and provides opportunities to explore these via skills demonstrations, practical exercises and role-plays.
Delegates will be encouraged to critically evaluate current methods of working with change, and consider when and how they can incorporate the MI approach into their own case work and service settings.
- DAY ONE
- Defining motivational interviewing (MI)
- MI as a conversational style
- Common pitfalls
- Key concepts underpinning the MI approach
- What is the 'righting reflex' and why should I resist it?
- Understanding motivation - working with, not against intrinsic potential to change
- Applications of MI
- When to use and when not to use MI
- Four processes of MI - a road map for a journey of change
- The spirit of MI - the heart and mind set of the approach
- Introduction to the Core skills - skills practice session
- MI and the cycle of change
- Exploring the dilemma of change
- The importance of the pros and cons of change
- MI and the language of change - 'change talk'
- Looking out for common themes in a journey of change
- Re-visiting 'resistance'
- What about commitment to change?
- Questions to ask to encourage change talk
- Recognising reluctance and responding helpfully
- The wrong questions to ask
- DVD skills demonstration and discussion
- DAY TWO
- Using reflections and open questions - skills practice session
- Strategies for engagement
- Strategies for focusing on change
- What is Information exchange?
- Strategies for evoking reasons to change
- Planning - recognising tipping point and planning for change
- MI and the cycle of change - least and most useful strategies
- Case study scenarios - role play
- Evaluating the MI approach in your setting
- Keeping yourself and team motivated
- Course Content
- Training Considerations
- Related Courses
- Defining Motivational Interviewing and its various applications
- Key concepts, aims and principles of the approach
- Core skills in the MI approach
- The four processes of MI
- Stages of the cycle of change
- MI skills & strategies suitable for each process and stage of change
Delegates who work with disaffected clients and who, in turn, may be disaffected themselves
Delegates should consider their personal experiences around the issues of MI.
Delegates will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)