This two-day online training course introduces students to Motivational Interviewing (MI) whilst also addressing additional evidence based motivational issues and strategies.
You’ll be taken through a range of techniques, strategies and tips designed to improve your motivational skills whatever your client group – from treatment non-compliance (with the particular emphasis on the issue of motivating antagonistic clients and low mood/inactive clients) through dealing with offending behaviour to working with those with severe mental health problems.
The course is essential for practitioners working with a wide range of client groups – from adolescents to older people; from offenders to those with mental health problems.
Approved by the British Psychological Society for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Can be taken as an individual two-day course or as a part of a Certificate in Resource Based Therapies.
This evidence-based training covers the following issues:
- Practical ideas from MI, environmental psychology and learning theory
- Why information-giving often doesn’t work as a motivational strategy
- How arousal level is related to motivation and what to do about it
- The unrecognised problem of “understandability” and motivation
- How to motivate clients who do not want to talk to you or even be in the same room as you!
- How what your client SAYS increases what they DO afterwards…and how to elicit it!
- How to prevent and manage resistance more effectively
- Effective evidence-based strategies for all practitioners – whether working in long term therapeutic relationships or with brief 5 minute contacts
- How do we currently try to motivate clients
- Outline of common styles
- Strengths and limitations of such styles
- Arousal & Motivation
- Yerkes-Dodson & the 21st century
- Why are ‘low energy’ clients unmotivated and what can be done about it?
- Force-Field Analysis: A powerful tool for assessing & increasing motivation
- Stages of change model & implications for motivational strategies
- The MI process of Engage, Focusing, Evoking & Planning
- Pre-Contemplators: The forgotten client group
- Why do we have totally unmotivated clients
- General principles for motivating “unmotivated clients”
- “Depressed”, “Inactive” & “Low Energy” clients
- “Rebellious”, “Compulsory Attendance” clients…or ones who simply hate you
- Video illustration
- The use of OARS (Open Questions, Affirmations, Reflections & Summary)
- Working with uncertain or ambivalent clients
- Key principles and attitudes on information giving and handling resistance
- The role of change statements and how to elicit them
- Working with clients with variable motivation. Video illustration
- Goal setting & Feedback For Increasing Motivation
- Powerful tools for good and bad
- Making goal setting more effective
- Increasing the effectiveness of feedback
- Understanding Maintenance of Change and ensuring that your work with clients is not simply a pattern of repeated change followed by repeated relapse
- The role of practice, routines and rituals
- Social support as a key success factor
- Handling relapse
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine, Accredited CBT Therapist. With over 40 years of clinical experience, Paul is the Founder and Director of SDS, a bestselling author, an international presenter, and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.
- Full course video
- Full course materials as a PDF (downloadable)
- Personalised Certificate for 14 CPD Hours