SDS Seminars Online

Professor Stephen Rollnick in Exclusive Interview with Paul Grantham



An exclusive 47 minutes conversation between Professor Stephen Rollnick, a co-founder of Motivational Interviewing, and SDS Founder and Director, Paul Grantham.

This interview covers essential fundamentals of creation of Motivational Interviewing, one of the leading therapeutic approaches of the twentieth century, and its prospects and developments in the twenty first. In this candid conversation between two colleagues, Stephen Rollnick answers Paul Grantham’s questions on the whole range of issues, covering among others:

  • His early life in South Africa as a descendant of immigrants and his early professional development
  • How he met William Miller and the very beginnings of MI development
  • How MI spread out from addition to the general medical field and behaviour change generally
  • Motivation in Counselling and Therapy. How this is a special issue for all therapies, but particularly – for CBT.
  • How MI is built on a “solid platform of Rogerian counselling” and how it is different from it.
  • Areas of new developments – from criminal justice system to sport psychology, classroom management and CBT.
  • “It’s been an exciting journey”. New strategies for goal setting, advice and praise giving; MI integration with CBT, Compassion Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology.
  • Why MI has new things to teach us after 30 years after its initial development.

Course tutors

Paul Grantham
Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Founder and Director of SDS Seminars

Paul Grantham, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a Senior Associate of The Royal Society of Medicine, Accredited CBT Therapist. He is the Founder and Director of SDS Ltd and one of the most popular and inspirational tutors in the field of psychological skills training.

Prof Stephen Rollnick
Professor of clinical psychology at Cardiff University, co-founder of Motivational Interviewing

Professor Stephen Rollnick is best known as a co-founder of Motivational Interviewing. He is a Clinical Psychologist with many years of experience in service provision and in training of practitioners and an Honorary Distinguished Professor in the School of Medicine in Cardiff University, Wales, UK with a research record focused on good practice in efforts to promote change and behaviour change among patients, clients and the practitioners who serve them.