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Motivational Interviewing & Beyond

Approved by the British Psychological Society Learning Centre for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Can be taken as an individual one-day course or as a part of a Certificate in Resource Based Therapies (3 modules/4 days training) approved by the BPS Learning Centre.

3 Modules of the Certificate in Resource Based Therapies:

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This course outlines both motivational interviewing (MI) and behaviour change skills whilst addressing additional common motivational issues and strategies. The use of Force Field Analysis is outlined as a motivational assessment tool and the issue of motivating antagonistic clients along with low mood/inactive clients is explored. The course has broad applicability for a range of client groups – from offenders to those with mental health problems, from adolescents to working with older people.

A one day training course designed to empower you to motivate your clients and patients. You’ll be taken through a range of issues, strategies and tips designed to improve your motivational strategies whatever your client group –from treatment non-compliance through offending behaviour to working with those with severe mental health problems. This evidence-based seminar will address the following issues:

  • Practical ideas developed from Motivational Interviewing (M.I.), environmental psychology and learning theory
  • Effective evidence-based strategies for all practitioners - whether working in long term therapeutic relationships or with brief 5 minute contacts
  • Learn to motivate clients who do not want to talk to you or even be in the same room as you!
  • Video demonstrations of techniques
  • Numerous worksheets to take away and start using immediately to motivate your clients
  • Learn how doing LESS can motivate your clients MORE
  • Discover the research on how what your client SAYS increases what they DO afterwards… and how to get them to say it!
  • Prevent and manage resistance more effectively
  • Learn how to make goal setting work and feedback more effective as motivating factors

Course outline:

  • How do we currently try to motivate clients
    • Outline of common styles
    • Strengths and limitations of such styles
    • Discussion
  • Arousal & Motivation
    • Yerkes-Dodson & the 21st century
    • Why are ‘low energy’ clients unmotivated and what can be done about it?
    • Force-Field Analysis: A powerful tool for assessing & increasing motivation
  • Stages of change model & implications for motivational strategies
  • Pre-Contemplators: The forgotten client group
    • Why do we have totally unmotivated clients
    • General principles for motivating "unmotivated clients"
    • "Depressed", "Inactive" & "Low Energy" clients
    • "Rebellious", "Compulsory Attendance" clients…..or ones who simply hate you
  • Video illustration
  • Working with uncertain or ambivalent clients
    • Key principles and attitudes on information giving and handling resistance
    • The role of motivational statements and how to elicit them
    • Working with clients with variable motivation. Video illustration
  • Goal setting & Feedback For Increasing Motivation
    • Powerful tools for good and bad
    • Making goal setting more effective
    • Increasing the effectiveness of feedback
  • Plenary

Paul Grantham with Bill Miller and Steve Rollnick at MI Conference, 2012 Cardiff.
See Paul’s post about the Conference on SDS Blog: http://sdsmedia.blogspot.co.uk/

This course is available for in-house training.
For further details on in-house training visit: http://www.sdsinhouse.co.uk

“Excellent in all aspects – practical ideas – will be implemented.”
CJ, Dietitian
“I did come not thinking that I would take much from the course considering my role in condition management & techniques already used. I WAS WRONG. I am looking forward to returning to work to practice techniques, ideas and skills I have learnt. Thank you.”
EA, Condition Manager

Course Price:

Early Bird Price: £140 + VAT (£168) per delegate to include refreshments and course materials.
Regular Price: £160 + VAT (£192).

Course Fees for Block Booking of all 3 courses/4 days on RBT – save over £100 from booking courses individually: Click here for details

Certificate of Attendance:
You receive a Certificate of Attendance for 6 CPD training hours on the day.

Recommended Viewing:

Stephen Rollnick on Motivational Interviewing - 3 DVD Set - 4 CPD Hours

Dr. Rollnick is the co-founder of Motivational Interviewing with William Miller, PhD. He presents on MI around the world to mental health and healthcare practitioners and is on the faculty at Cardiff University, Wales. With a background in the addiction field, his interest turned to consultations about behaviour change in wider mental health and healthcare practice where practitioners try to encourage clients to change behaviour and lifestyles.

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Recommended Viewing:

Motivational Interviewing - 2 CPD Hours

See William R. Miller utilize Motivational Interviewing in an actual counselling session with a client struggling with addiction.
Dr. Miller demonstrates how Motivational Interviewing helps people resolve their ambivalence about changing addictive behaviours. The therapist creates an atmosphere that is conducive to change by expressing empathy and encouragement, rolling with resistance, and helping the client explore the gaps between their current behaviours and the life they would like to lead. In this video, Dr. Miller works with a client who is considering changing his alcohol use and smoking habits. Jon Carlson and Judy Lewis introduce Dr. Miller, and facilitate an in-depth discussion of the further impact and uses of the model.

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Recommended Viewing:

William Miller on Motivational Interviewing - 1 CPD Hour

If you’ve ever tried to help someone change, you’ve probably realized that taking the expert role and telling the person what to do often doesn’t work, and usually leaves you feeling frustrated. Bill Miller, the founder of Motivational Interviewing, developed an alternative that might be obvious to some and radical to others: honor the person’s autonomy, draw forth the inherent desire to change, and take a collaborative—rather than confrontational—approach.

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Course Outline:


Please make sure that you arrive in time for 9.30 AM start (sharp!). Your late arrival might result in you not been eligible for the BPS Approved Certificate.
The same applies to the finish times. Make sure that your travel arrangements enable you to be present until 4.30 PM every day of the course.
We very much appreciate your co-operation on this matter.

Every day consists of the morning session (starting at 9.30 AM sharp!) and afternoon session (finishing at 4.30 PM strictly).
Refreshments provided during your morning (11.15) and afternoon (14.45) break.
Lunch break (1 hour) – lunch by own arrangements (12.30 – 13.30).

Due to the INTENSIVE NATURE of this training we advise you to have extra drinks of water with you and layers of clothing to adjust effectively to the temperature in the room.

Course Leader:

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Paul Grantham is a clinical psychologist with vast clinical and training experience. With degrees from Oxford University and the University of Sussex, Paul trained as a Clinical Psychologist at Liverpool University. He has worked extensively within the NHS for many years as a clinical psychologist within a wide variety of services and headed one of the first UK research projects designed to help clients withdraw from benzodiapine addiction. He has subsequently worked in primary care, mental health, forensic, substance misuse and physical health as both a clinician and manager. He has trained staff in health care, social services, local government and education around the UK and abroad. Over 90,000 professionals have worked directly with him. Paul has also designed and facilitated clinical supervision systems across a number of UK services. He has a wide range of current interests including: client resistance, resource based therapies and personality disorders. He has also presented and written on a range of psychological issues - from psychological interventions post-stroke to the application of solution focused work with complex clients.

Paul is the founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training. Paul is the author or editor of over 34 training films within the psychotherapy training field over the last decade and both commissions and provides training in a range of contemporary psychotherapy fields. Paul commissioned SDS Seminars’ BPS Approved Introduction to CBT – a course which has recently (June 2015) seen its 1000th student successfully complete. The BPS Approved Essential Clinical Supervision Skills devised and delivered by Paul is one of the very few non-university based Supervision courses which confers eligibility to the BPS’ Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors.

Paul is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine and is an Accredited CBT Therapist. An extremely informed, clinically experienced and humorous speaker he is known for his emphasis on the practicalities rather than just the theory of client-based work.

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