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This is a two day course from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day

Who should come on the course

The two day course will benefit all front line staff and volunteers. There is an online preparation part to the course.

The aims of the course

The course is appropriate for practitioners who are in the role of conducting one-to-one therapeutic discussions with people using our services. The focus is on making and sustaining healthy behaviour changes. As an introductory course, participants will begin to develop knowledge and skills in motivational interviewing and seek to support practitioners to work towards improving service user outcomes.

The objectives of the course

On completion of the course, participants will have:
• Defined the nature of ambivalence about change
• Applied the spirit of motivational interviewing, integrating the Integrating an established counselling skills methodology (*OARS) to engage a person in personal conversation
• Analysed how motivational interviewing can influence change by intentionally evoking and strengthening natural language (change talk)
• Identified how motivational interviewing may be used within practice setting.
* O.A.R.S. reflects the following elements - Open-ended Questions; Affirmations; Reflective listening; Summaries. Source Miller & Rollnick, 1993

Our trainer

Sue Hudson Craufurd (MSc. Addictions, CBT cert.) is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has trained hundreds of practitioners who are interested in applying Motivational Interviewing in a variety of settings. Sue has many years’ experience working in the field of mental health and homelessness.