About this course

CBT is a treatment that is recommended by NICE guidelines for a number of psychological and emotional difficulties in children and young people. In addition, many of the new low intensity child workforce (Child Wellbeing Practitioners and Emotional Wellbeing Practitioners) are taught to deliver CBT-informed guided-self-help interventions.

However, CBT is also an active way of working that requires a fairly high level of ongoing engagement on the part of children, young people and families.

There are a number of reasons why children, young people and families may be (or become) ambivalent about engaging in CBT-informed interventions; and this can lead to difficulties at all stages of treatment.
Motivational Interviewing (MI) ideas have been applied very successfully across a range of presenting difficulties and with populations who at times find it difficult to engage with help. This course will provide an overview of MI theory and techniques, particularly highlighting and teaching skills in those techniques that might help a CBT practitioner engage a young person in different stages of therapy.


The training will cover
  • Areas where motivation can cause problems in CBT informed interventions.
  • Introduction to the theory behind motivational interviewing.
  • Thinking about which MI techniques that will be particularly helpful to a CBT practitioner.
  • Teaching of particularly relevant MI techniques.
  • Consideration of how best to build MI ideas into CBT practice to enhance the latter.
Aims of the course
  • To consider when issues of motivation can cause problems in CBT informed interventions.
  • To provide an overview of Motivational Interviewing theory and techniques.
  • To consider and provide teaching on certain MI techniques that will be particularly helpful to a CBT practitioner.
  • To consider how best to build MI ideas into CBT practice to enhance the latter.

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Who is this course suitable for

This course assumes a basic level of knowledge of CBT. It is suitable for professionals working with CYP in a variety of settings, who use CBT in their work.

The course is about using motivational interviewing ideas to support CBT-informed work, attendees must have a working knowledge of CBT theory and practice.

Please note, CBT will not be taught, the focus will be to teach MI ideas and skills to support their CBT-informed practice.

Cost - Funded places available

Places on this course have been funded by Health Education England.

If you are based in London or South East England, working in Local Authority, 3rd sector or NHS, or received an invitation from The Anna Freud Centre, you are eligible to attend this training at no cost to yourself.

System requirements for live online training

The online platform Zoom will be used to deliver this training. Prior to booking on, please ensure you meet the system requirements so you're able to join this training. 

Before the training, please test your equipment is working by going to and follow the instructions.

  • One day

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