Motivational Interviewing is a counselling/communication style originally developed within the field of substance misuse by Dr Bill Miller and Professor Steve Rollnick. The predominant model for working with substance use and behaviour change in the United States in the 70’s and 80’s had been a relatively confrontational and directive behavioural approach.
Motivational Interviewing was borne out of an attempt to find a more non-confrontational way of motivating and working with people to help them to make positive changes in their lives. It draws on other counselling and psychotherapy models notably person centred counselling and solution focussed brief therapy ideas and provides an integrated philosophy and framework for concrete communication and motivational skills.
A broad base of research evidence now supports the efficacy of this approach and it is now used in a variety of settings where motivation and the changing of a behaviour or behaviours are relevant such as mental health, criminal offending, primary health care and education.
Who Is It For?
Health Professionals, GPs, Mental Health professionals Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, CPN’s, Primary Care professionals and Managers teachers, support workers, careers professionals working with families, children and adolescents, couples or adult individuals.
No previous experience in Motivational Interviewing is required. Contact us for more information.