Motivational Interviewing Commissioner Testimonials

“Ariana Faris has been delivering tailored Motivational Interviewing training for staff at Southdown Housing Association for 4 years. Her sessions are well received; she has always focussed on the needs of the group and inspired our housing staff to use motivational techniques with service users in a community setting. One participant recently told me that Ariana’s session was “one of the finest pieces of training she’d ever had”. I would recommend that other organisations use Ariana for MI training.”

– Janet Dandy Ward – South Down Housing Association

“Excellent teaching skills with a dynamic approach – her presentations are clear & well articulated; staff can develop skills, reflect on practice and integrate what is taught into other aspects of Continuing Professional Development.

Ariana keeps the clients interest; her approach has a positive impact on the way medical & health professions practice and on the lives of their Patients & clients. Ariana introduces a variety of strategies to engage in, making positive changes to their lives & that of their patient or client. Ariana has taught Medical & Health care practitioners working in the NHS or Private practices in Wales & the boarders for Postgraduate & Continuing Education unit, SHS, Cardiff University. I would certainly recommend her, she is able to captivate and motivate her audience throughout.”

– Mrs Lesley Weston, Continuing Education Coordinator, School Of Healthcare Studies, Cardiff University

“Cintre community is an independent provider of residential care and supported independence for young people with learning disabilities, some of whom also exhibit challenging behaviour. We have fifty staff.

We have employed the services of Ariana Faris as a tutor of motivational interviewing on four occasions in the past twelve months and have found her courses stimulating, informative and thought-provoking.

Feedback has been excellent, with several of our managers and staff commenting that their listening skills and solution-based approaches to their clients’ problems have altered and improved as a result of the triaining.

Recently our managers assistant mangers and inhouse trainers attended a two-day continuation course with Ariana which we would strongly recommend. We intend sending all our keyworkers on a similar course in the near future and eventually all our staff.

We would suggest that , to derive maximum benefit from the training, more more than twelve people attend a course at any one time and that initial training is followed up with an annual refresher course.”

– Richard Cull, Training Manager, Cintre Community

“I can highly recommend the motivational interviewing training two day event. This was based on the feedback from review formas and verbal comments made from staff attending the training.

Staff expressed how they had enjoyed the training while gaining insight into their working practises. The trainers were professional with a relaxed attitude and skilful in their delivery and approach. The program was individually devised using various teaching methods. There were clear and precise objectives but they also had the flexibility to cater for all the staff’s ideas and concerns, while staying realistic.

When asked how staff would incorporate this training into their working role the reply was that the user friendly training can be adapted to any situation due to the self analysing, reflecting and problem solving process which empowers the staff member who in turn can enhance the service they provide with the young people they work with.

The whole feedback was that the training was positive and enriching and will definitely continue to be a part of staff development.”

– Lisa Pridmore, Hillside Secure Centre

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