An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Developed by Miller and Rollnick, Motivational Interviewing is a client-centred approach that elicits behavioural changes by assisting individuals to explore and resolve ambivalence. This approach is especially helpful with individuals who are less motivated. Research has shown Motivational Interviewing to be helpful with a wide range of client groups and issues. This two day eLearning course, will equip participants with a sound understanding of Motivational Interviewing theory and skills. This workshop is open to individuals and can also be delivered as in-house training to groups of employees.

Suitable For: Therapists, Counsellors, Those working in the sectors of Social Care, Education and Training, Youth and Family Care, Human Resources, Mediation, Employment Services.

Note re: remote training: Particicipants will be expected to have their cameras on during the training. This helps generate engagement and interaction with their trainer and other participants.  Please let us know in advance if special circumstances mean that a participant does not have access to a working camera or may have to turn off their camera occasionally.  It is not permitted to record this workshop.

Members of The Psychological Society of Ireland can receive 8 learning credits and members of The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland can receive learning 10 CPD points for completing this workshop. 


"Overall, I had a great experience on the training, the techniques of MI point can’t be understated – I feel they really point toward a whole philosophy of working with clients and empowering and respecting them and their ability to choose. That isn’t always prevalent in this type of work, often people come with the best of intentions but end up undermining a client’s ability to choose for themselves. I think this is essential training for anyone working in this field."

Shannon Rogers, Project Worker, Dublin Simon, May 2023 


"I found the full training very good, totally adapted to my work requirements. I would normally find remote learning very impersonal and the thoughts of the full day online training did not appeal to me. However, Gary had planned variety and breaks throughout which really helped. He ensured there was a very relaxed atmosphere and therefore good interaction by all. Course content was tailored to the needs of the participants. Gary’s own practical experiences added to the learning."

Esther Mooney, Health Promotion Officer, HSE Sligo, February 2022


“Everything worked very well. Really enjoyed the aspect that the participants were listened to and guided the direction of the two days.  Robert’s facilitation was excellent, the training was engaging, informative, very practical, open and honest. It was an inviting environment where I felt comfortable to contribute.”

Joe Murphy, Academic Success Coach, Munster Technological University, February 2022


"The mixture of slides, videos and breakout rooms kept the course interesting and engaging. Robert was extremely engaging, patient and happy to answer any questions we had. The way Robert mixed up the different ways of teaching the course kept it interesting and engaging."

Katie Walsh, Resettlement Co-ordinator, Wheatfield Prison, January 2021

Programme Duration

This is a 2 day course.

Programme Aims

The objective of this two day workshop is to provide the theory of Motivational Interviewing and the space to practice the skills associated with Motivational Interviewing.

Programme Content

Participants will receive a copy of the presentation, other supporting documents and links to relevant literature by email which will enable them to develop their understanding of Motivational Interviewing appropriate to this level. In each session participants will have the opportunity to observe and practice Motivational Interviewing through role-plays and scenarios provided by the trainer via Zoom.

Learning Outcomes

1. To equip participants with the tools to enable them to develop and build on their own counselling skills.

2. To build on and expand existing knowledge in relation to Motivational Interviewing within the group.

3. To enhance confidence in attendees' use of Motivational Interviewing skills.

4. To become familiar with the general principles of Motivational Interviewing:

∙ Express empathy
∙ Develop discrepancy ∙ Roll with resistance
∙ Support self-efficacy ∙ Avoid arguments.

5. To provide space and time for participants to become familiar with Motivational Interviewing and use the following core skills:

∙ Listening
∙ Use of Open-ended questions ∙ Affirming
∙ Reflective Listening
∙ Summarising
∙ Eliciting change talk

Connect with Your Trainer

The Learning Curve Institute will distribute a unique pre-course questionnaire to each participant in order to ensure the training meets the needs of everyone in the group and is tailored to the appropriate level while also covering specific situations or scenarios as highlighted by the group.

The Learning Curve Institute also offers a bespoke post course support system whereby participants are provided with the contact details of the Trainer and are free to contact them with any questions they may have.

Programme Certification

Participants will receive an eCertificate of Completion in An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing from The Learning Curve Institute.

People like what we do

"Excellent course and presenter - well worth time out from day to day duties".

Anne Canning, March 2019

"I was delighted to have the opportunity to attend. It was practical, easy to follow, excellent presenter, included everyone". 

Kathleen O'Hara, March 2019