Motivational Interviewing: Deepening Practice
This two day professional development event is for workers in health, community and corrections settings who have completed a Foundation Skills course in Motivational Interviewing and wish to further develop their skills.
While MI offers practical and accessible skills to try from the outset, the approach takes time and practice to make the most of its potential to help us have more meaningful and productive conversations about change.
Motivational Interviewing: Deepening Practice is a practice-based workshop to deepen and extend learning from the Foundation Skills course.
With minimal lecture-based learning, this workshop provides participants to practice core skills in a positive learning environment with coached feedback. While there is a core structure, the content of the two days is flexible to best meet the needs of the group.
Participants are encouraged to discuss experiences of applying MI in their work and challenges in using the approach in a safe learning environment, while continuing to develop confidence in using different elements of the model.
The workshop extends the foundation skills training, including use of summarising to consolidate and focus conversations about change, deepening reflections, exploring the role of values and working with commitment.
The learning objectives include:
- Refresh and deepen individual understanding of the MI framework
- Discuss experiences of using MI and the challenges in guiding conversations about possible change
- Learn from observation and small group practice
- Deepen understanding of the use of purpose and direction within a client-centred approach
- Practice core component skills, such as developing useful complex reflections
- Practice identifying core personal values and their relevance to the change process
- Practice guiding the change conversation
- Develop strategies to monitor our use of the skills and continue to develop after the workshop is over.
Required prior training
As this workshop has been developed to deepen existing understanding of MI, it is important that all participants have prior training in MI, preferably the equivalent of at least a 2 day foundation skills course. As MI has also been evolving, it is recommended that participants also are familiar with the changes to MI that were presented in the 3rd edition version of Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change (2013) by William Miller and Steve Rollnick. If you have any questions about whether your prior exposure to MI is sufficient, please do not hesitate to contact me.
The workshop will be held on the lower level of the Van Raay Centre at Ceres Environment Park in Room 1 (Rooms 2-4 combined). Registration opens at 9.00 for a 9.30 start.
Registration includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea, as well as GST. Please register only if you able to attend both days. Free parking is available onsite on in nearby streets if the carpark is full. We recommend arriving by 9.00 to ensure parking. The venue is also close to the 96 tram on Nicholson St.
Mentha Consulting is committed to supporting positive community initiatives. Venue and catering fees support the work of the Ceres Environmental Park. For more information on Ceres go to www.ceres.org.au.
There is a $50 cancellation fee up to 28 days before the workshop, $100 cancellation fee for within 28 days of the workshop commencement.
When & Where
Helen Mentha is a clinical psychologist and 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 over 17 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.
Helen is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and has completed annual training overseas since 2007 to continually deepen and extend her knowledge and skills in a broad range of applications of MI.
She has a particular interest in the way MI can open up opportunities for richer conversations about change that go beyond simply using MI, as well as the application of MI in other settings, such as supervision and management.