Introduction to Motivational Interviewing


For many people, initial Motivational Interviewing training is a good first-step toward developing skilfulness in this method. This trainer-led course provides an interactive and practical learning experience in Motivational Interviewing. It is designed to begin or refresh participant knowledge and skills in Motivational Interviewing practice which will begin to support implementation into the participants’ own practice setting.


To introduce the application of Motivational Interviewing skills and strategies to help people who present as ambivalent find and build their own motivation for change.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss how motivational interviewing can influence change by intentionally evoking and strengthening natural language (change talk).
  • Practise the spirit of motivational interviewing, integrated with the OARS counselling skills to evoke and strengthen intrinsic motivation for change.

Pre-course Requirement

Completion of the SDF e-learning module ‘Motivational Interviewing in Brief Conversations’.


In-person delivery: 3 Days (delivered one day per week over three weeks, 9.30am-4.30pm)

MS Teams delivery: 4 Days (delivered one day per week over four weeks, 9.15am-2pm)

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at practitioners who regularly as part of their role facilitate conversations about change with people who present as often reluctant or ambivalent about making change.

Mode of Delivery

In-person or MS Teams.


Certification will be provided to participants who complete each of the training days.