Aimed at

This course is open to any registered clinician and would be ideal to use as part of an induction or new to practice toolkit.

Is Motivational Interviewing for me?

We all went into the health care profession to help people; we feel that we can make things ‘right’ for them and we spend much of our time trying to do so. Behaviour change and lifestyle are the bedrock of chronic disease management; NHS Health Checks and most interactions in General Practice.

Motivational interviewing is a style of communication that uses a guiding/reflective style to engage with patients, clarify their strengths and aspirations, and utilise their own motivations for change, and then promote independence of decision making. If this is sounding a little flowery, in a nutshell, it saves your breath, your time and you are more effective when it comes to people making decisions about their behaviour.

We all think we are brilliant communicators but come and find out how to keep your hands off other peoples monkeys! This course has run for several years and without exception evaluates as a stunning learning experience, where delegates leave knowing why they want to use MI, what MI is all about and the ability to start practicing some aspects of it as soon as they go home.

What’s it all about?

There is an introduction and then each of the core skills of MI are taken a step at a time. There is laughter and fun with NO POWER POINT!!! Yes you heard it here first. There is NO ROLE PLAY!! There is simply excellent training. What you learn is through informal demonstrations. We keep it simple and practical so from the moment you leave you can start practising. You can’t hurt anyone by using MI, but you may well save your forehead as you will be able to stop banging your head against the brick wall of behavioural change.

Programme
09:00 Registration
09:15 Introductions & Objectives of the Study Day
09:30 MI – What is it – why does it work. Principles and Background in a nutshell
10:00 The spirit & principles of MI – Collaboration, Evocation, Autonomy, Support, Direction Rapport building
10:45 Core concepts and skills of MI – Open questions, affirmations, reflections and summaries set in context
11:15 Coffee Break (practical sessions from now onwards)
11:30 Open Questions and Change Talk
12:45 Lunch
13:30 Reflections, Summaries and Affirmations – eliciting change talk and knowing how to respond
14:15 The Righting Reflex and Ambivalence – the guiding principles
15:00 Tea Break
15:15 Putting it all together
15:45 Questions and Evaluation
16:00 Close

Refreshments and lunch are provided.