Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is the gold standard of change-work tools. It is used as the foundation of excellence in all services including prisons, psychiatric units, and rehabs. MI originated by observing the most effective practitioners and identifying what they do that makes all the difference to their clients. These observed techniques have been distilled into a skill-set that we can all adopt to improve outcomes for those we work with. Because of this, it has become the essential training for substance misuse practitioners, social workers and any social care provider. Since the late 1980's MI has been delivering results that all providers need. Its value is now so recognised, that MI is becoming the default minimum staff quality standard for practitioners. Many commissioners now make it a requirement that teams they commission will be trained in this skill-set.

An Introduction to the Betterminds' "Motivational Interviewing" Course

Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence. Implementing the MI techniques has a huge impact. MI integrates empathy, open questions, reflective listening to create understanding of the client’s point of view.

Motivational Interviewing is focused, goal-directed, and by using a less direct persuasive approach, it is overall more successful at solving ambivalence. These flexible tools and techniques promote higher rates of sustainable change. MI has the added benefit of reducing the stresses placed on your teams from residence. This stress reduction promotes great effectiveness, retention and well being in your teams.

The Betterminds Motivational Interviewing cours will equip your staff with all the tools and resources to be confident effective practitioners. 



How Long is the Motivational Interviewing Course?

The Betterminds Motivational Interviewing Course usually runs for two days,

This training can be delivered back to back. We recommend that with any 2 day training you split it across a week or even longer. This is because your teams will have a better learning and growth experience.  They will gain more insight by applying day 1 prior to day 2. They will have a greater opportunity to process the learning and better identify their own needs by Day 2.

Betterminds also delivers and one day Refresher course in MI for established and very confident practitioners. We would recommend this course only after the whole team have accessed our 2 day course previously.

What Will My Team Gain From The Betterminds' Motivational Interviewing Course

The team will gain strategies to incorporate this knowledge to integrate it into your practice to support service users.

They will gain a unified away of working with service users

The staff will have a manual which offers specific strategies to use to move service users forwards

Your team will also gain skills to help them work with conflict and resistance more effectively with their service users.

Where Will The Betterminds' Motivational Interviewing Course Be Useful


This course will be useful in organisations that specialise in helping others to make sustainable changes. MI is vital where self-efficacy and independence are essential to support people to promote a life of partial or complete independence.

MI is vital for social care professionals and anyone who works with vulnerable adults and young people. Professional who need MI include works in substance misuse, social housing, mental health nurses, GPs and education providers.

What Are The Primary Course Objectives

  • Explain the principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Apply the theory & skills of MI in current practice
  • Understand & demonstrate the spirit of MI
  • Describe & demonstrate MI strategies
  • Be able to integrate Self efficacy tools and techniques
  • To be able to explain and apply techniques to deal with resistance
  • Be able to build expectation and motivation in those you support
  • Discuss the traps to avoid when using MI
  • Feel more confident as a practitioner
  • Be able to apply MI in all spheres of your life

What Else Will Our Team Learn

  • You and your team will be able to reduce conflict in your workspace and build a calmer environment.
  • Build a culture of independence
  • Normalise change by knowing how to nurture growth mindsets
  • Be more resilient to service user resistance
  • You and your team will be able to integrate MI to build a culture of change in your work environment.
  • Recognise how the effectiveness of Motivational Interviewing can benefit clients, service users and your organisation as a whole

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