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Motivational Interviewing Course

Motivational Interviewing,
and how to use it effectively.

A 2-day course.

The reason we created this input is that Motivational Interviewing provides such an organised, systematic and powerful way of helping people to recognise their problems and to do something about them. This is so important for so many professionals, whether working with substance misuse, health problems such as over weight, or 'traditional' mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and psychosis.

APT is the UK's leading independent provider of Motivational Interviewing training and in the related subject of the Stages of Change model.

Executive Summary:

Motivational Interviewing describes an organised and systematic 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 suprising 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.

Motivational Interviewing helps the client to address such problems in a supportive environment, and to move forward in a planned and effective way, and this is what this courses enables professionals to achieve.

We can bring the 2-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 2-day course is £3,250 plus VAT, inclusive.

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

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Option 2: '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.

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 training. Below are just some of the great comments this course has received.

"Very stimulating, interesting and highly relevant to my work. Motivational interviewing will definitely enhance the professional quality of my client work, to maximise client support." (Paul Stewart, Mental Health Advisor)

"Very inspiring and I am looking forward to further developing my skills while working with people." (Celine Chies, Mental Health Advisor)

“A high quality course that far exceeded expectation, both in terms of thoroughness and richness of the content and skills and qualification of the trainer.” (Intensive Family Support Keyworker)

“I thought the course was brilliant! So well delivered.” (Alma Shield, Intensive Family Support Keyworker)

“The best training I have done in a long time that I think is going to be useful for my job and will enable me to do my job more effectively and hopefully achieve good outcomes and make positive changes in my families.” (Intensive Family Support Worker)

“I would definitely recommend this course to others and have found it very relevant to take back to my own practice.” (Deborah Hodges, Intensive Family Support Worker)

“This was excellent training that was enlivened by the tutor giving many examples of real life examples of practice, and also other examples of theory and practice linked to other psychotherapies which build the knowledge base of the group as a whole. There was an excellent balance of hands on role play and theory.” (Family Support Worker / Early Help Advisor)

“One of the most useful courses I have ever attended in terms of how to facilitate change for clients. The trainer was extremely knowledgeable, very experienced in psychology and presented the material at a perfect pace, constantly demonstrating how to use techniques to help move clients forward.” (Donna Emsley, Intensive Family Support Practitioner)

“This course has been stimulating and thought provoking and will undoubtedly change my practice and that of my colleagues." (Motivational Interviewing, Elizabeth Taylor, Specialist MH Clinical Pharmacis)