Motivational Interviewing Training

To meet the needs of individual helping professionals and organizations, we offer both open-access courses as well as tailored, in-house practice-based training in Motivational Interviewing.

Why Motivational Interviewing Training?

Increasing attention is being paid to the benefits of a Motivational Interviewing (MI) communication style to enhance engagement and build motivation for change across a range of populations and practice areas, such substance use and mental health, child and family services, physical rehabilitation services, education and prevention programming. MI is a respectful and compassionate way of supporting people in making sometimes very difficult changes in their lives, and has also been found to be helpful when working cross-culturally.

Combining relational and technical skills and strategies, an MI approach supports service providers to initiate and guide change conversations in an engaging and effective manner – moving from persuasion to possibility. Communication is purposeful and focused, as service providers draw out reasons to consider changing from the individual, versus telling them what they should do. MI is especially helpful when motivation is low; there are mixed feelings about changing; engagement is a challenge; and people are having difficulty in making positive changes (Naar-King 2011).

MI training research indicates that MI is learnable. Service providers strengthen MI core competencies when initial training is followed with coaching and feedback, and organizations support workplace sustainability strategies such as Communities of Practice (COPs). Workplace CoPs take into consideration learner differences in gaining MI proficiencies, and provide opportunities for continuous, on-the-job integration, peer learning and support in a safe environment.

Who should attend?

Helping professionals, such as social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, counsellors, speech language pathologists, dieticians, dentists, nurses and physicians, who support others in making health and related changes.

Training Descriptions

Drawing on the research on how to learn MI, a variety of methods are used across the training levels including small and large group discussion, didactic presentation, reflective practice written exercises, real play/role play with a partner, observation (live & DVD), triad practice with an observer, team consultation, and taping and coding a practice conversation.

Level 1: Introductory Motivational Interviewing

Introductory Motivational Interviewing is a two-day knowledge and skills-based training. Learners will gain familiarity with MI core elements and overall communication style. They will also have the opportunity to practice skills and strategies to increase engagement and motivation, decrease discord, and initiate and guide change conversations across a range of topics.

Upcoming offerings:

Friday, January 26 & Saturday, January 27, 2018, REGISTER NOW

Friday, April 13 & Saturday, April 14, 2018, registration open February 1, 2018

Timing: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

Facilitator: Cristine Urquhart, MSW, RSW

Cost: $405.00 + 5% GST

A 15% group discount is available when 3 or more individuals from the same organization register together.

A 15% student discount is also available. Please email info@changetalk.ca to enquire.

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Level 2: Advanced Motivational Interviewing

Advanced Motivational Interviewing is a two-day skills-based training that builds on the learning in Level 1. Learners continue to refine their skills, increase MI proficiencies, decrease MI inconsistent behaviours, and practice strategies to support learning sustainability. Learners will be introduced to a fidelity coding tool (MITI) and tape and code their own MI practice conversation.

Prerequisite: Introductory Motivational Interviewing for Helping Professionals or equivalent practice and experience is required for this course.

Upcoming offering: Friday, June 1 & Saturday, June 2, 2018

Timing: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

Facilitator: Cristine Urquhart, MSW, RSW

Cost: $405.00 + 5% GST

A 15% group discount is available when 3 or more individuals from the same organization register together.

A 15% student discount is also available. Please email info@changetalk.ca to enquire.

Registration open in 2018

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