Psychology Services



Motivational Interviewing (Introduction):  

By Change Psychology Services and Colin O’Driscoll 



Introduction to 

Motivational Interviewing 

2-day intensive training course 


Venue:     Bewleys Hotel Leopardstown 

Date:               Two days, July 3rd and 4th, 2012 

Time:       09:30-16:00 


Colin O’Driscoll 

B.A., M.Sc., A.F. Ps.S.I., Reg. Psychol. Ps.S.I. 


Member of PSI, IACP, MINT and certified MI practitioner  


Fee: €200  

Please contact Colin O’Driscoll by email at     

Or call on: 

086 087 5586 



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Further detail: 


MI Introduction Workshop 


Facilitator: Colin O’Driscoll                    

Timeframe: 2 days (3rd & 4th/7/12) 


Learning outcomes: 

Participants will acquire an awareness of the specific components of Motivational Interviewing including the Spirit, Principles and Techniques. They will get opportunity to practice and learn to begin working with these tchniques and in this style.  


Teaching methods: 

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, and dynamic learning exercises and feedback.  



Colin O’Driscoll is  a Registered Psychologist and experienced trainer, member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) and appointed TNT trainer (MINT’s annual Training New Trainers programme).  

As Course Director for Glyndwr University/ATI’s BA (hons) in Addiction Counselling and Senior Lecturer on the BA (hons) in Counselling and Psycholtherapy, he is experienced in the facilitation of learning across a range of settings and participant groups (including UCD and Merchant’s Quay Ireland).  

Formerly treatment Director of Forest Residential Treatment Centre, he is now, in addiction to providing a range of training & lecturing, counselling and supervision, clinical lead for HSE Mid-West’s Alcohol and Drug Counselling Services in Limerick.  


Workshop Content: 


Ø  Collaboration 

Ø  Evocation 

Ø  Autonomy 



Ø  Rolling with resistance 

Ø  Avoiding argumentation 

Ø  Expressing empathy 

Ø  Supporting self-efficacy 



Ø  Open-ended questions 

Ø  Affirmations 

Ø  Reflections (simple and complex) 

Ø  Summaries 


Additional concepts 

Ø  Ambivalence 

Ø  Change talk v’s Sustain talk 

Ø  Commitment Language 



Suggested reading: 

Arkowitz, H., Westra, H. A., Miller, W. R., & Rolnick, S. (2007). Motivational interviewing in the treatment of psychological problems. New York: Guilford. 

Burke, B. L., Arkowitz, H., & Menchola, M. (2003). The efficacy of motivational interviewing: A meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psycholgy, 71, 843-861. 

Burke, B. L., Dunn, C. W., Atkins, D. C., & Phelps, J. S. (2004). The emerging evidence base for motivational interviewing: A meta analytic and qualitative inquiry. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy: An international Quarterly, 18, 309-322. 

Dunn, C., Deroo, L., & Rivara, F. P. (2001). The use of brief interventions adapted from motivational interviewing across behavioral domains: A systematic review. Addiction, 96, 1725-1742. 

Hettma, J., Steele, J., & Miller, W. R. (2005). Motivational interviewing. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 1, 91-111. 

Miller, W. R., & Rollnick, S (2002). Motivational interviewing: Preparing people for change (2nd ed.) New York: Guilford. 

Rollnick, S., Miller, W. R., & Butler, C. C. (2007). Motivational interviewing in health care. Helping patients change behavior. New York: Guilford.