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Motivational Interviewing Course

Motivational Interviewing and The Stages of Change.

The 3-day course Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change provides an organised, systematic and powerful way of helping people to recognise their problems and to do something about them. This is so important for many professionals, whether working with substance misuse, health problems such as over weight, or 'traditional' mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and psychosis.

You can come to us to attend as an individual, or we can bring the training to your own organisation to train a group of 6-15 people for a fixed, all-inclusive fee. Or it can be studied online.

You can attend or commission the three-day course, or just one or two of the days (but we do not offer the three-day course in a condensed version).

It is the only training in Motivational Interviewing that is APT-accredited and also gives you access to APT’s relevant downloadable resources for use post-course.

Executive Summary:

Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change provide an organised and systematic way of helping people to recognise their problems and to do something about them.

Prochaska, Norcross and DiClemente describe the Stages of Change through which people progress if they are to change their behaviour or emotional responses. Miller and Rollnick describe Motivational Interviewing techniques which lend themselves superbly to the task of helping clients through those stages.

We believe that a course on Motivational Interviewing is incomplete without proper consideration of the Stages of Change, and vice versa. So this course aims to acquaint participants with both the Stages of Change and Motivational Interviewing techniques and, specifically, to show how Motivational Interviewing techniques apply to moving people through the stages of change.

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Who should attend?

People who attend this course normally fall into one of two categories:

1. Groups of professionals who see patients in 1:1 treatment settings, have a significant degree of clinical skill, and wish to become proficient in motivational interviewing and the stages of change.

2. 'Whole teams' (either in inpatient or community settings) seeking to develop a unified level of proficiency in motivational interviewing and the stages of change.

The professional affiliations of people attending this course include: mental health/psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, probation officers and others working in a variety of settings including: Substance Misuse, Forensic, Adult Mental Health, and Children & Adolescents.

Course Aims:

What this course will do for you. You will...

What you receive as a result of attending the training:

You will be registered as having attended the course, thereby gaining APT's Level 1 accreditation, and receive a certificate to this effect. The accreditation gives you access to online resources associated with the course.

Your registration lasts indefinitely, and your accreditation lasts for 3 years and is renewable by sitting an online refresher which also upgrades your accreditation to APT Level 2 if you are successful in the associated online exam.

Your accreditation is given value by the fact of over 100,000 people having attended APT training. See APT accreditation for full details.

How can I access this training?

Option 1: We come and run a course or briefing in your organisation:

We bring this 3-day course to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee of £4,390 plus VAT and up to 15 people can attend.

Alternatively, order 2-days of the 3-day course for £3,250 plus VAT, or 1-day of the 3-day course for £1,750 plus VAT and up to 15 people can attend.

To book, call (UK) 0116 241 8331, or click the button:

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Option 2: Attend the course as an individual:

Motivational Interviewing and The Stages of Change, full 3-day course.
(£450 plus VAT per person).

  13-15 March 2019
  8-10 October 2019

Book to attend this 3-day course in Leicester

Attend day 1 (but not all three days): The techniques and strategies used in Motivational Interviewing.
(£175 plus VAT per person).

  13 March 2019
  8 October 2019

Book to attend Day One only

Attend day 2 (but not all three days): Using Motivational Interviewing to help someone see they have a problem, and plan how to overcome it.
(£175 plus VAT per person).

  14 March 2019
  9 October 2019

Book to attend Day Two only

Attend day 3 (but not all three days): Using Motivational Interviewing to help people act on their good intentions and maintain their progress.
(£175 plus VAT per person):

  15 March 2019
  10 October 2019

Book to attend Day Three only

Venue: College Court, Knighton Road, Leicester, LE2 3UF. (Leicester is in the centre of England, approximately 1 hour by train from London, Sheffield, and Birmingham.)

The fee covers: tuition, workbook, lunch and refreshments each day, registration on the APT database, and certificate of accreditation/attendance.

Bookings: use the buttons above, or call (UK) 0116 241 8331.

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Option 3: Study the course online:

Suitable for individuals, groups of professionals, or whole departments/organisations, this course is available to study online and is based on APT’s live course of the same name which, in its live form provides 18 hours CPD (with peer approval).

This is a great opportunity to obtain APT-quality input and develop your professional knowledge at a time that is convenient to you and your organisation. Click here for more information about APT online training.

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Option 4: 'Train the Trainer':

If you or a colleague are a senior professional (e.g. consultant psychologist) and have a talent for communication and teaching, then you are welcome to apply to become an APT-accredited tutor. You could then tutor the course - or your chosen modules from it - in your own organisation, under license.

This is not only a highly appropriate use of senior professionals, but it also saves your organisation the tutor-component of the fee (around 50%) each time you run it or your chosen modules.

To see the full benefits of this and to see whether you are eligible, click the button:

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Downloadable information sheet:

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APT Accreditation

As a bona fide APT event, this course automatically has accreditation from The Association for Psychological Therapies. This means (i) that it contains the right amount of relevant information for its duration, and (ii) the information is presented in an engaging way, and in a way that will make it likely to be used after the course. APT verifies the accreditation by publishing the delegates' average ratings of relevance and presentation-quality for all its accredited courses. The accreditation is given value by over 100,000 professionals having attended APT courses.

Quick Links


Motivational Interviewing  ❯


Motivational Interviewing and how to use it effectively  ❯


Motivational Interviewing & The Stages of Change  ❯


Using The Stages of Change Model in Clinical Practice  ❯

Feedback Ratings

Feedback Ratings.

We continuously monitor the quality of our training by obtaining feedback on the two key scales of relevance and presentation from every course delegate. Below are the average ratings for the last ten runnings of our Motivational Interviewing training.

Average Presentation rating: 98%

Average Relevance rating: 96%



*These statistics were last updated in September 2018.

Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

APT prides itself on the feedback we receive about our courses. Below are just some of the great comments the Motivational Interviewing course has received.

"Brilliant. Approachable, clear, kept me motivated for 3 days (an impossibility!). Best course I've been on in 18 years on the job."

"I feel that this has been the best training course I have been on so far in my professional career in terms of its relevance to my current practice and enhancement of my existing skills."

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