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An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Monday 13th May 2019 at 99 Mary Street, Sheffield

People often find it difficult to make changes to their behaviour even when these behaviours are causing them harm. Motivational Interviewing is an evidence based therapeutic approach to supporting change and can be used in a variety of areas such as addictions, healthcare and criminal justice.

Using a combination of directiveness, motivation building, working with resistance and encouraging talk about change, practitioners can support patients to explore and resolve ambivalence, take responsibility for their own behaviours and work towards helpful outcomes.

The course will offer practical and clinically applicable skills around communication, strengthening therapeutic relationships and dispensing information which can be used in a range of settings.

Course objectives

  • Apply motivational Interviewing skills when engaging with service users
  • Address resistant behaviour in a non-confrontational way
  • Work more effectively with service users who may be ambivalent to changing behaviour
  • Increase motivation and readiness to change
  • Assist those committed to change to make the best choices

Who is the course intended for?

This event is open to anyone who is Pre-Qualified and interested in clinical psychology. It is also open to anyone with an interest in learning more about the skill of motivational interviewing.

Please note, this event is credit/debit card payment only at the time of booking. If you need an invoice, please submit your booking form and contact us.

Registration fees can be found on the online booking form. If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224507.


Monday 13th May 2019

Please note all timings, content and speakers are subject to change

09:30Welcome and introductions
09:45What is Motivational Interviewing
10:00Why Motivational Interviewing and how can it be helpful
11:15Technical skills (OARS) Open questions
12:45Reflective listening
14:00Affirmation and summary
14:45OARS practice
15:30Identifying Change Talk
16:00Giving advice and information

Speakers and Facilitators


Paul Sullivan

Paul Sullivan has been developing and delivering training to a wide variety of health and social care professionals for over 10 years. Initially, he began working with drug and alcohol users in 1999 supporting people in residential services, specialist treatment units, young people’s services and primary care. It was whilst working in addictions that Paul became interested in Motivational Interviewing and it’s role in improving therapeutic relationships and treatment outcomes. Paul now specialises in training around lifestyle and behaviour change with a wide range of health and social care services including stop smoking provision, housing and employment services, HM Prison staff, services providing support for young people and memory services and those working with older people. Paul has taught hundreds of professional workshops in Motivational Interviewing from introductory courses to more advanced applications, group work settings, mentoring and consultancy. Paul is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (see Trainer profile at and continues to promote the importance of collaborative working to enhance the treatment experience for both the patient and the practitioner.


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