Motivational Interviewing Workshops

Dr Stan Steindl

Dr Stan Steindl

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is sweeping the world as a highly effective therapeutic approach used to empower people to make healthy behavioural choices. First developed by Professors Bill Miller and Steve Rollnick for use in the treatment of problem drinking, MI now has demonstrated effectiveness in assisting people to change a broad range of health behaviours, including:

  • alcohol, tobacco and other drug use
  • dietary behaviours
  • exercise;
  • risky sexual behaviours;
  • public health behaviours; and
  • treatment adherence.

Motivational Interviewing has also been found to enhance the effectiveness of other treatments when used as a prelude to that treatment. With a broad evidence base and a well-defined style for interacting with clients, MI is applicable to clinical, counselling and health psychology practice.

Workshops in Motivational Interviewing

Dr Stan Steindl is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has been providing workshops for health professionals on the topic of MI since 2005. A range of training formats are available, including one or two day introductory workshops, one day advanced workshops and brief two to four hour awareness raising workshops. Workshops may be run in-house through health organisations and departments. There are also some public workshops available at times across the year. Beyond groups training, there are also opportunities for MI supervision.

Who should attend the MI workshops?

Workshops are designed as an introduction to MI for clinicians from a variety of settings including:

  • health care
  • mental health
  • rehabilitation
  • corrections

What will participants learn at the workshop?

Participants attending this MI workshops will:

  • develop an understanding of the fundamental spirit and principles of MI;
  • gain up to date information regarding the research and evidence of MI;
  • develop empathic counseling skills, central to using the technique;
  • experience the delivery of the MI technique through demonstration and practice and gain confidence to deliver MI in a clinical setting. Learn when and how to use advice and other more directive elements of MI; and observe, experience and practice elements of MI, including how MI can be used to roll with resistance, resolve ambivalence, encourage change and commitment talk, and help people carry through changes to health behaviours.

How are the MI workshops structured?

Workshops are specifically designed to suit your organisation’s individual requirements. Workshops can be tailored to run for two hours, four hours, one day or two days, depending on your staff’s training requirements and budget.

Organisations can also choose to continue the training experience with ongoing supervision. Participants are encouraged to submit video-taped examples of themselves conducting a motivational interview in their workplace. These video tapes are then evaluated and critiqued and participants receive individual feedback.

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