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Motivational Interviewing

Attend this one-day workshop to learn about motivational interviewing and how to apply it in your professional life. Motivational interviewing is a collaborative method for guiding conversations about behaviour change. Through the one-day training, learn the framework, how it works and how it can enhance and deepen the full range of interventions used when faced with resistance and ambivalence.

Date and time

Date: 28th August 2018
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm


Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a collaborative method for guiding conversations about behaviour change. More than a set of techniques, MI is a discipline in its own right that brings together a set of values, principles and disciplined use of skills to assist people to resolve ambivalence and deepen motivation to pursue the changes that are meaningful for them.

While the skills do take time and practice, the style of conversation is gentle, curious and comes from a place of faith in the client. The hope is that, together, we may discover what is meaningful for this person and what choices would work best for them, knowing who they are and what they deep down really want for their future. MI asks us to be mindful of the way our own hopes and assumptions can interfere in the process as much as they can help, and offers practical strategies to create a space of genuine enquiry and deepening understanding.

Rather than replace other approaches, MI has a capacity to enhance and deepen the full range of interventions we use by bringing a more acute awareness to the how and when of conversation, rather than just what we talk about.

The training is highly interactive, with a focus on practical skill development:

  • Gain a clear and up-to-date understanding of MI – what it is, how it works and recent
  • Changes to the framework
  • Increase understanding of the change process
  • Review and practice the core skills
  • Apply the skills to the change process
  • Increase ability to work effectively with resistance and ambivalence
  • Practice skills in softening sustain talk and eliciting change talk
  • Develop strategies to continue learning and practicing MI

The workshop is suitable for workers dealing with a wide range of presenting issues and settings, including problem gambling, addictions, mental health, chronic disease management, treatment adherence, criminal justice and healthy behaviour change.

MI relies on the use of foundation skills used with increasing discipline and depth. The workshop is suitable for both workers with no knowledge of MI and for those who want to refresh and deepen their understanding and practice of the core skills of MI.

trainer biography

Helen Mentha is a registered clinical psychologist and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT Inc) She is one of Australia’s leading trainers in MI, with a strong reputation for providing evidence based and practical training in a safe, positive and relaxed learning environment. With many years experience in the community sector, Helen specialised in working with addiction, with a focus on community health, mental health and forensic settings. She currently runs her own practice providing counselling, training and supervision.


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