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Mental Health Rights Manual

An online guide to help explain your legal and human rights in the mental health and human services systems in New South Wales.

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Words are important. The language we use and the stories we tell have great significance to all involved.

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Our members are community managed mental health organisations, large and small, local and NSW-wide service providers.

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Motivational Interviewing

Support people through change via an effective person-centred approach used widely in therapeutic settings. 

Course overview

Motivational Interviewing (MI) 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.

Participants are guided through applying Motivational interviewing strategies in their work using a mixture of group discussion, audio-visual presentations, role-plays and reflection.

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

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 practice 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”
Who should enrol

Motivational Interviewing is designed for workers who support people to make life changes

  • Mental health workers
  • AOD workers
  • Employment sector workers
  • Community services workers


This course, and all of Mental Health Coordinating Council’s professional development training, can be tailor-made to your workforce and delivered at your workplace. Contact us to find out more training@mhcc.org.au

Completion options

Statement of Participation
A statement of participation will be granted upon satisfactory attendance of the required training sessions.

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