Psychology Services



Introduction to  

Motivational Interviewing 

2-day intensive training course 


Venue:     Bewleys Hotel Leopardstown 

Date:        Two days, July 30th and 31st  

Time:       09:30-16:00 


Colin O’Driscoll 

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

Treatment Director, Forest Healthcare 

Member of PSI, IACP, MINT and certified MI practitioner  


Fee: €200  

Please contact Colin O’Driscoll by email at  




Motivational Interviewing Introductory Workshop

Facilitator: Colin O’Driscoll              

Timeframe: 2 days (30-31/7/11)


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.  


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, diad and triad exercises and feedback.  




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.