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 course will equip the attendees 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.

This workshop is approved by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland for Continuing Education Units. Members of The Psychological Society of Ireland and The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland can receive learning credits/CPD points for completing this training.

NOTE: The training will comply with Government regulations relating to Covid 19. Should regulations not permit face to face training, participants will have the option of taking part in this workshop remotely, via Zoom.


Programme Duration

2 Days

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 and links to relevant literature to enable them to develop their understanding of Motivational interviewing. In each session attendees will have the opportunity to observe and practice Motivational Interviewing through role-plays and scenarios provided by the trainer.

Learning Outcomes

1. To equip participants with the tools to be 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 room 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 attendees are provided with the contact details of the Trainer and are free to contact them with any questions they may have.

Programme Certification

All attendees will receive a Certificate 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