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Motivational Interviewing: Facilitating Behaviour Change around Drugs and Alcohol

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Professionals can play a crucial part in determining whether clients change or maintain their problem behaviour. Engaging and building service user’s motivation for change is one of the key challenges workers face. Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, highly effective, evidence based and deeply client centred approach aimed at helping people achieve positive behaviour change. This course will present the opportunity to enhance existing knowledge and skills as well as provide a comprehensive introduction to those with little or no experience of Motivational Interviewing.

Start Date
Tuesday 23 April 2019
End Date
Tuesday 23 April 2019
09:30 - 16:30
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Learning outcomes

Following this training you will be able to:

•  Define Motivational Interviewing (MI), the principles of MI and how it relates to a model of behaviour change
•  List key strengths of MI for facilitating change for people with Drugs and /or Alcohol issues
•  Assess readiness for change and motivation
•  Explore ambivalence using the decision matrix
•  Build basic skill application of Motivational Interviewing to promote someone’s wish to change
•  Help individuals to address their drinking/drug use through action planning
•  Strengthen your empathic counselling skills
•  Guide a conversation towards strengthening commitment to change through the eliciting and strengthening of change talk

Additional information

Please note the venue for this training has restricted access for wheelchair users. Alternative venues can be used on request.


To discuss your requirements talk to a member of the Pavilions Health Promotion training team on 01273 731900 or email

Health Promotion / Pavilions do not provide lunch - only very basic tea and coffee (with cow’s milk only). If you have any specific dietary requirements or want anything else, please bring whatever you need for the day. Thank you.

Target Audience
For anyone where relevant to role
target audience
Course pre-requisites

This course is suitable for all practitioners and volunteers working in primary and community health, education, housing, social care, mental health, police and criminal justice, voluntary organisations and for any one in the substance misuse sector wishing to improve their response to people using Drugs/Alcohol in a way that might be detrimental to them or those around them. This course is for those in regular contact with people in a helping relationship, who are already skilled at achieving warm, empathic relationships with their service users.

9 The Drive, Hove
Event Trainers
Agnes Munday / Ben Pickersgill / Chris Smith
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