Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: Foundational Skills

This intensive workshop will provide participants with a comprehensive introduction to the theory, style, principles, and skills of motivational interviewing and is recommended for all front line staff.

The objective of this training is to provide each participant with exposure to, and hands-on practice in, the basic skills of Motivational Interviewing.

Participants will:

  1. Be introduced to Stages of Change.
  2. Examine what motivates people to change.
  3. Be introduced to the person-centred and directive components of MI.
  4. Assess a person’s apparent readiness to change (staff will be trained to use a client readiness to change assessment tool).
  5. Learn how the Spirit of Motivational Interviewing encompasses all our conversations.
  6. Be introduced to the Four Processes of MI.
  7. Learn the core micro skills of MI (open questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries) and how they relate to the Four Processes.
  8. Learn to “roll with resistance”.

Enabling them to:

  • Work more effectively with clients who have been labeled “difficult”, “resistant” or “stuck”.
  • Work more effectively with clients who have a myriad of overlapping change-related issues.
  • Lessen the impact of counsellor burnout.