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Motivational Interviewing: Level 1: Two day programme (part A and B)

The aim of the Level 1 two-day workshop is to develop practitioner skills in Motivational Interviewing (MI) in the context of behaviour change. An introduction and understanding of MI will be provided as well as opportunities to develop technical and relational skills in the approach.

Pike Hills Golf Club, Tadcaster Rd, ,, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3UW
Robin Lavin / / 07858919300

Motivational Interviewing: Level 1: Two day programme (part A and B)

Both days of the workshop will consider approaches that may be employed in a brief encounters as well as ongoing interventions with clients and patients ranging in their level of readiness to change to modify multifaceted behaviours in the longer term. The aims of the session also include the recognition and ability to reflect on your own practice in the context of MI and to be able to recognise the opportunities to use the relational and technical aspects of the approach in clinical encounters. delegates must attend both days- 12th and 19th September.

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-base counselling approach that is person-centered, goal-directive and developed to explore patient ambivalence in order to promote positive change. It does so by eliciting and strengthening the person's own motivation for change. The role of MI is to support the client in progressing through the stages of behaviour change by encouraging and enhancing their own self-determination, autonomy and self-efficacy. MI is defined by both the spirit (relational) and micro-skills (technical aspects; OARS) of the approach and is underpinned by the four processes (engaging, focusing, evoking, and planning). A brief (13 minute) webinar detailing what MI is and how it can be used can be seen via the link below:

Supporting lifestyle behaviour change using Motivational Interviewing - Brief webinar and Q&A-20190702 1205-1


Part 1: Introductory MI (day 1 and 2)

 The challenges of behaviour change and client engagement in mental health services

 The counselling and communication context in clinical and community settings

 The Spirit of MI: The relational aspects

 The technical aspects (micro-skills) of MI: Open questions, Affirmations, Reflective listening and summarising.

 The four processes of MI: Engagement, Focusing, Evoking and Planning  Putting it into practice: technical and relational aspects

 The structure and progression of behaviour change consultations

 Behaviour change treatment fidelity and intervention design: Coding clinical sessions

 Putting it into practice: The direction and elicitation of change and sustain talk

Workshop facilitator

Dr Jeff Breckon is Head of the Behaviour Change Research Group at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), SHU. He is a BPS Chartered Psychologist and HCPC Practitioner Psychologist. Jeff delivers training in MI to a variety of organisations and health professionals across Europe and North America. He is a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers), BPS (British Psychological Association) and HCPC. Jeff was trained in MI in 1996, and as an MI trainer by Professor Bill Miller and Professor Steve Rollnick in Quebec, 2000. Since then, he has trained MI to over three thousand health professionals, and delivered the international 'training new trainers' (TNT) programme in Barcelona (June, 2009) and Krakow (2013). He has published and presented internationally on the use of MI to build a therapeutic alliance, and to promote the initiation and maintenance of behaviour change.

Supporting Documents:

shu-mi-level-1-workshop-outline-(june-2019).pdf (PDF, 901.9 Kb)


If you would prefer to pay offline please email Robin Lavin at and an invoice will be arranged.




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