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CBT and Motivational Interviewing: Supporting Children and Young People to Engage in CBT

Learn more about our CBT and Motivational Interviewing: Children and Young People training.

About this training  

This course explores Motivational Interviewing (MI) theory and techniques, emphasising the application of MI skills to enhance engagement in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for children, young people, and families.

Discover the potential of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a recommended treatment for children and young people's psychological challenges by NICE guidelines. Explore an active therapy requiring high engagement, addressing potential ambivalence. Our training introduces Motivational Interviewing (MI) strategies, empowering CBT therapists with skills to captivate and guide young individuals through various therapy stages.  

Aims of this training  

  • To explore instances where motivation poses challenges in CBT. 

  • To deliver a comprehensive overview of Motivational Interviewing theory and techniques. 

  • To instruct on specific MI techniques beneficial for CBT therapists. 

  • To consider the integration of MI concepts into CBT practice for enhanced effectiveness. 

Who is this training for?

This course is designed for professionals with a foundational understanding of CBT. It is ideal for individuals working with children and young people (CYP) across diverse settings, utilising CBT in their professional practice.  

If you are interested in commissioning this training, please complete our commissioner enquiry form.


Vicki Curry

Programme Director, Pg Cert CYP Psychological Wellbeing Practice / MSc/Pg Dip CBT for Children and Young People

James Fairbairn

Senior AMBIT Trainer

Rebecca Smith

Senior AMBIT Trainer

Dr Laura Talbot

Joint AMBIT Programme Lead

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