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Motivational Interviewing Foundation

Lansdowne Hotel, King Edward's Parade
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Target Audience
Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers / East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service / East Sussex Healthcare Trust (ESHT) / Managers / Police / SEND Practitioners / Senior Practitioners / Social Care (non Social Worker) / Social Workers / Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust / Voluntary and Community Sector / Youth Workers
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Course Types
Course categories
Early Help, Social Care and SEND
Early Help / Safeguarding / Social Care / Working with Families
Course description

This two-day course provides a theoretical framework and practical guidance on using Motivational Interviewing as a significant tool within relationship-based practice. 

Training objectives

Motivational Interviewing is a short-term, goal-oriented, strengths-based approach, offering a practical tool to work with clients to increase their motivation, resolve, and self belief to promote positive change. It can be used effectively along with other techniques, such as Solution Focused Brief Therapy. 

Learning outcomes
The course will:

  • Introduce the foundations and principles of Motivational Interviewing.

  • Explore participants' and clients' processes of change, ambivalence about change and resistance to change and how it relates to theory.

  • Introduce basic communication skills and attitudes to enable positive engagement and empowerment.

  • Introduce skills to identify and address ambivalence and help ‘tip the balance’ to the positive change side of the ambivalence (change talk)

  • Manage discord and learn to ‘dance’ with it

  • Give participants the opportunity to learn and practice Motivational Interviewing processes, strategies and skills

  • Give participants the opportunity to learn and practice some Solution Focused skills and strategies that are particularly compatible with Motivational Interviewing

  • Examine different possible applications of Motivational Interviewing.

  • Identify the benefits of Motivational Interviewing in the context of Children’s services when working with children, young people and families.

Additional Information

Preparation and Follow Up

This course is a pre-requisite for the Motivational Interviewing Advanced Skills assessed and certificated course.

Refreshments are provided but lunch is not.

Start Date
Wednesday 3 October 2018
End Date
Wednesday 10 October 2018
Closing Date
Tuesday 18 September 2018
09:30 - 16:30
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