Advanced Motivational Interviewing: Building Skills

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Advanced Motivational Interviewing - Virtual Learning

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This is a free event designed for members of the public clinical mental health workforce in Victoria, (staff employed at Area Mental Health Services, Forensicare or mental health staff from RCH). For example, a social worker working in mental health at Austin Health. Staff from MHCSSs, ACCHOs, AOD or other partner organisations may also attend. Please note, if you do register for this event and it is not clear you are part of the intended audience, your registration will be confirmed two weeks prior to the event start date, or earlier.

Note: Content been developed by the presenter. The training has been delivered to professionals with LE. Over the years the feedback has been highly positive from participants.

Previous training (2-day foundation course) and experience with MI is a pre-requisite for this training.

After the initial training in Motivational Interviewing (MI), practitioners are often left to wonder “How do I advance these skills in everyday practice?” or “Am I actually doing MI?”. Motivational Interviewing is a skill that improves with practice and feedback.

This one-day online course aims to help build confidence and strengthen core MI skills. Participants will be taught deepening reflective listening skills, listening to and interacting with change and sustain talk. This course is ideal for practitioners who have completed an introduction to Motivational Interviewing course or workshop and wish to advance their skills in practising MI.

This event will cover:

  • Importance of MI Spirit
  • Four Processes of MI
  • Emphasis on Change Talk
  • Depth, Strength and Momentum
  • Working with Sustain Talk and Discord
  • Search for the Mechanisms Of Action in MI
  • Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity code (MITI) 4.2.1
  • Create a work sample for self-assessment
  • How to increase proficiency in MI
  • Working with coded and un-coded transcripts
  • Reflective practice
  • Deepening reflections
  • Fine tuning listening skills

At the conclusion of this training, participants will:

  • Recognise their strengths, develop skills and confidence as a practitioner
  • Identify areas for continued development
  • Have a plan for deliberately practicing MI skills
  • Have completed an accurate assessment of their own MI skills and ability
  • Identify strengths as a practitioner and area for growth in MI

Delivery Mode – Full Day Virtual Training Session

This course is delivered online. Sessions are hosted via Zoom. Participants can expect a didactic learning combined with video demonstration, and self-assessment based on work samples created in the workshop.


This training is delivered by Dr Joel Porter.

Dr Joel Porter is the Director of JSP Training & Consulting based in Gold Coast, Australia. He is a Senior Psychologist with Aboriginal Torres Strait Island Health Service.

Joel holds an Adjunct Associate Professor role with the University of Canberra. Joel is a registered Clinical Psychologist and Board-certified Clinical Supervisor. Joel is a longstanding member of the Motivational Interviewing Network and a MINT Certified Trainer. Joel and Steve Rollnick host the free monthly MI & Beyond webinar.

For the past 18 years, Joel has been providing MI training in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, China, Europe and North America.

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