2 days

About this course

We are currently refining the structure of this training in an online format and so the times and dates may change slightly. Participants will be notified of any changes with sufficient notice.

How do you help people who aren’t sure they want help?

How do you support people to make change when at times they are not sure they really want to change?

This course presents an overview of the theory and practice of Motivational Interviewing – a client-centred approach to strengthen their own motivation to change and support them in making changes. In this unique course, the theory and practices of Motivational Interviewing are underpinned and complimented by the concept of Mentalization and a description of how such work can be supported by the maintenance of a mentalizing stance. In this highly practical course, participants will be given the opportunity to practice motivational interviewing and mentalizing skills.

The course will cover

  • The ethos/principles of MI
  • The cycle of change and how to apply it to your work
  • Mentalizing and the mentalizing stance: how they relate to MI and cycle of change
  • Principles of Motivational work
  • Recognising and working with ambivalence
  • Recognising and responding to sustain/change talk in ourselves and with clients

Who is this course suitable for

This course is suitable for all practitioners who work with children, young people and families in the areas of health, social care, education and youth services. It will be of particular interest to those who already use mentalization based practices in their work, but prior knowledge and experience of mentalizing approaches are not required.

Aims of the course

The course aims to help practitioners in a variety of settings to support people to engage in help and make change by:

-learning the core principles of MI and how they connect with mentalizing and mentalization based practice
-developing skills in client-centred communication and maintaining a mentalizing stance
-develop skills that address ambivalence and elicit clients’ own motivation to change