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Applied Motivational Interviewing

This course is designed to teach skills to support people through change using an effective person-centred approach used widely in therapeutic settings.

Course Overview

Applied Motivational Interviewing uses a therapeutic, person-centred approach to evoke a person’s own motivation to make change happen.

People who are not provided the opportunity to explore their own concerns and fears are unlikely to sustain the changes they make.

The course is designed for workers who support people to make life changes, participants are guided through applying Motivational Interviewing strategies in their work using a mixture of group discussion, audio-visual presentations, role-plays and reflection.

What you will learn
  • Explore the background and principles underlying motivational interviewing
  • Understand motivation and ambivalence and identify stages of change
  • Apply the principles and practices of motivational interviewing within the context of mental health and substance use
  • Develop core skills used in motivational interviewing for eliciting change-talk and strategies for ‘rolling with resistance and reluctance’
  • LearnĀ O.A.R.S techniques in practice
  • Understand and apply strengths-based language
  • Explore the decision-making tool of Decisional Matrix
  • Explore the Columbo Approach (Finding discrepancies)
Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for entry into this course; however, it is assumed that participants will have a foundational level of Motivational Interviewing skills to build upon and apply in this advanced workshop.

The workshop content is delivered using a variety of training methods, including didactic presentation, small and large group discussion and role-play exercises.

Statement of Participation

A statement of participation will be granted to participants upon satisfactory attendance of the required training sessions.

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Training Options

This course can be made available for individuals and organisations in both online or face-to-face formats. For future dates and more information, please enquire with us at training@mhcc.org.au


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