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Motivational interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based person-centred and goal oriented approach that strengthens personal motivation and commitment to change through exploring and resolving ambivalence in an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. Developed by William Miller, PhD and Stephen Rollnick, PhD, to help people change addictive behaviours. Over the past 30 years, MI research and practice has extended into the areas of healthcare, mental health, corrections, education and public health. With over 300 clinical trials, MI is one of more researched behaviour change methods utilised today. MI skills are accessible to professionals through proper training, coaching and objective assessment.

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 history of MI and underlying theories and key foundational skills. The course is ideal for people keen to learn about MI and develop the foundational skills to develop their practice.

• Motivational Interviewing: 30 Years of asking questions about change
• The underlying assumptions, ideas and theories of MI
• What is MI and is not MI
• The Spirit of MI
• The foundational Skills
• Interacting with Change & Sustain Talk
• Working with discord
• Planning for Change

Note: Content been developed by the presenter. The training has been delivered to professionals with LE. Over the years the feedback has been highly positive from participants.


  • Dr Joel Porter (Senior Psychologist & Director) — JSP Training and Consulting

Eligibility criteria

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: Assessment & intervention
Disciplines: Allied Health, Medical, Nursing
Levels: Introductory
Lifespans: Adult

Wednesday 20 September 2023
09:00 to 16:30
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Thursday 21 September 2023
09:00 to 16:30
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