Motivational Interviewing


Development of Motivational Interviewing skills

Those who have been trained to use Motivational Interviewing (MI) will know that, while the approach is incredibly user friendly, it is a challenge to master and build confidence in practice. Development of the more sophisticated use of MI takes commitment and practice. For the thousands of people around the world that have mastered MI however, it often becomes their preferred method of intervention. Since MI is generalisable over so many areas, it can be adapted to a number of situations. In addition, research has demonstrated that workers overwhelmingly report a reduction in stress when using MI, compared to other, more directing styles. This is also corroborated by research data that monitors days off sick and cortisol levels among workers.

A two day Introductory course will equip people with the foundation skills on which to build and develop the application of MI. One successful model for continued improvement is to participate in regular development groups, attended by others who wish to improve and strengthen their MI skills. For organisations that employ several people trained in the approach, establishing an MI development group is an excellent model to ensure development in the approach continues. Depending on location, we are able to facilitate supervision/development groups and/or offer consultation to peer led groups. Alternatively consultation using the conference facility on Skype is an option.

It can be helpful to record your practice (with the client’s expressed permission) and consider which parts were adherent to the approach. We are trained to code recordings using the Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) tool if you would like skills assessed formally.

Some people find watching clips of practitioners using MI useful. There are many clips available online. To ensure that clips are consistent with Motivational Interviewing, we would recommend consulting In addition, an effective way to develop is through the use of recommended texts (see bibliography).