6-day intensive training course
(3X2 days, including, taping, coaching and feedback,
resulting in certification of fullattendence and
Venue: Bewley’s Hotel Leopardstown
21st and 22nd
4th and 5th
February 25th and 26th
B.A., M.Sc., A.F. Ps.S.I., Reg. Psychol. Ps.S.I.
Treatment Director, Forest
Founder, Change Psychology
Member of PSI, IACP, MINT and certified MI
(Registered MI trainier)
Fee: €600 (+€75 one-off coding & feedback
Please contact Colin O’Driscoll by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Motivational Interviewing Workshop
Strengthening your skills in MI
Facilitator: Colin O’Driscoll
January 21st and
February 4th and
February 25th and 26th
Criteria for acceptance onto this course:
Participants must have some level of experience in the learning of the
fundamentals of Motivational Interviewing, equivalent to a participation in an introductory
Participants will acquire an advanced awareness of the technical and relational components of MI.
They will learn and receive a greater opportunity to practice the skills and develop their skills in this respect.
They will have the opportunity to receive structured feedback on their practice of MI. They will learn more about
the specific research in this model.
The workshop emphasises and applies the theory and practice of Motivational
Interviewing as an evidence based treatment approach.
Throughout the workshop various methods will be used to facilitate learning,
including lecture format (with PowerPoint presentation), demonstration of techniques, video presentation,
diad and triad exercises and feedback. There will be a greater emphasis on practice than in more preliminary
Training will consider the following:
Ø Analysis of practice audio or videotapes
Ø More demonstration and practice exercises
Ø Less didactic material
Ø Focus is on differentiating change talk from commitment language, and learning
how to elicit and shape the two
Ø Prior proficiency and experience in the practice of MI are
Ø Ongoing consultation and supervision
Ø Research indicates feedback and individualized training are most effective for
gaining MI skills
Ø This type of consultation can happen individually, within an organization, or
contracted in addition to any workshop
As with more preliminary training, the Spirit, Principles and skills will form
the basis for further and deeper exploration. There will also be a greater investigation and exploration of
key concepts such as Ambivalence, Change talk, resistance, sustain talk and commitment language. Advanced
reflective listening will also form a key element to this training and will conceptually permeate all
Various article and randomized control trials will be reviewed with particular
attention being paid to Project Match
Coaching and feedback:
Participants will have the opportunity to practice in groups and receive peer
feedback. They will also be required to submit tapes of MI practice as a specific exercise. They will receive
structured feedback for this.
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