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Motivational Interviewing: Foundation Skills

Mentha Consulting

Thursday, 17 November 2016 at 9:30 AM - Friday, 18 November 2016 at 5:00 PM (AEDT)

Motivational Interviewing: Foundation Skills

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Motivational Interviewing: Foundation Skills

This two day professional development event is for workers in health, community and corrections settings who engage in conversations about change.

Motivational Interviewing is 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 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. The two-day workshop will offer an opportunity to:

  • 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
  • Reinforce learning with 16 weeks of brief follow up emails focusing on specific aspects of MI.

The workshop is suitable for workers dealing with a wide range of presenting issues and settings, including 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. 


Workshop details

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

There is a $50 cancellation fee up to 28 days before the workshop, $100 cancellation fee for within 28 days of the workshop commencement.

Have questions about Motivational Interviewing: Foundation Skills? Contact Mentha Consulting

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Brunswick East
Corner of Robert St and Stewart St
Brunswick East, VIC 3057

Thursday, 17 November 2016 at 9:30 AM - Friday, 18 November 2016 at 5:00 PM (AEDT)

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Mentha Consulting

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. 

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