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Motivational Interviewing Course

Motivational Interviewing,
and how to use it effectively.

A 3-day course from the Association for Psychological Therapies, a leading provider of Motivational Interviewing training. Includes APT accreditation and access to APT's post-course resources. This course was previously entitled Motivational Interviewing and The Stages of Change.

Executive Summary:

Motivational Interviewing describes an organised way of helping people to recognise their problems and to do something about them. Principally it addresses behaviour about which the client has mixed feelings: drinking and substance misuse for example, but a surprising array of common mental and physical health problems as well. Issues from taking psychoactive medication through to eating more healthily can all be addressed using motivational interviewing.

This course is based on the latest edition of Miller and Rollnick's book so covers the four broad components of skill, namely: Knowledge and Spirit, Engaging, Focusing and Evoking, and Planning and Integration. In addition it looks at the relationship between Motivational Interviewing and The Stages of Change (the work of DiClemente et al). And finally it covers how to develop your Motivational Interviewing skills and practise after the course.

Attend the course as an individual, or we can bring the 3-day course to your own organisation and train a group of 6-15 people, or you or your colleagues may be able to be trained to roll out the course in your organisation under license.

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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.

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

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 Subjects:

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 in your organisation:

We bring this course to your own organisation for a fixed, all-inclusive fee and up to 15 people can attend. You can organise as many courses as you need, to cover the numbers you want to train.

The fee for the 3-day course is £4,390 plus VAT, inclusive.

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 how to use it effectively - £450 plus VAT per person.

  8-10 October 2019

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.

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

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Option 3: '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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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.

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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 six runnings of our Motivational Interviewing training.

Average Presentation rating: 99%

Average Relevance rating: 97%



*These statistics were last updated in February 2019.

Written Feedback

Written Feedback.

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