Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based, person-centred and goal-oriented approach that strengthens a person's motivation for and commitment to making personal change. This training is based on the latest (4th) edition of the instructional text, written and developed by William Miller, PhD and Stephen Rollnick, PhD. Over the past 30 years, MI research and practice has been used across the areas of addiction treatment, healthcare, mental health, corrections, education and public health. With over 300 clinical trials, MI is one of more researched behaviour change methods utilised today.

Course Objectives

The aim of this interactive course is to introduce the theory and foundational skills of MI through didactic and experiential processes. Participants will become acquainted with the theories behind and supporting MI and key foundational skills in order to add it to their practice. The course is ideal for people keen to learn about MI and to develop their practice.


• What is MI and what is not MI

• The Spirit of MI

• The foundational skills for listening and connection

• Recognising and responding when someone talks about change

• Maintaining the relationship during pushback

• Planning for Change

Participants can expect a mix of didactic learning combined with live demonstrations and practice.


  • Jeffrey Weitzel (L&PD Coordinator) — CMHL

Eligibility criteria

This training is open to public mental health clinicians with 2+ year of experience working in a mental health (or previously in an AOD) setting. This training is not open to students, clinicians in a graduate program, or early career clinicians (less than 2 years experience). This criteria has been set by the CMHL based on consistent, repeated participant feedback from those with less than 2 year's experience.

'This training has been designed for people who have been working in the field for 2+ years.

These are free events designed for members of the public clinical mental health workforce in Victoria, (staff employed at Area Mental Health Services, Forensicare or mental health staff from RCH) and lived experience workforces (LEW) working in either public clinical or community mental health state-funded roles. Other workforce in partner organisations, such as AOD organisations or ACCHOs, may sometimes be eligible. Please note, if you do register for an event and it is not clear you are part of the intended audience, your registration will be confirmed two weeks prior to the event start date, or earlier.

Categories: Capability 9 - Delivering holistic and collaborative assessment and care planning
Disciplines: Allied Health, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Adult

Thursday 30 May 2024
09:00 to 16:30
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Thursday 6 June 2024
09:00 to 16:30
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