Motivational Interviewing- An introduction - Hobart, TAS

Date: 21-Oct-2020

Hobart , TAS - Wednesday, 21st October 2020 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

  One of the biggest challenges facing staff who work with individuals, couples, families and young people is working with individuals who may act in a way that puts themselves or others at risk. This could be in the short term through aggression to others or self-harm or in the long term through an unwillingness to seek professional support when needed, use of tobacco, alcohol or other substances, poor diet or lack of physical activity.

Motivational interviewing is a counselling method that involves enhancing a client’s motivation to change by connecting with the client empathically and helping the client understand any ambivalence the may have towards change and, where possible, help the client form a plan to achieve the change they desire.

Motivational interviewing encourages the helper to work in a respectful, empowering and non-judgemental way and not push the client towards change that they are not presently ready or able to achieve.

Motivational interviewing is a highly structured and efficient intervention and, once mastered, can be used with variety of client groups.

Motivational interviewing has been found to be effective in helping people parent more effectively; seek professional assistance when needed; adopt healthy behaviours; reduce use of harmful substances; overcome problems in the expression of anger and; reduce problem gambling.

While motivational interviewing is a very powerful, simple and effective intervention there are some situations where it should not be used and these will be discussed in the workshop.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles of Motivational Interviewing
  • Learn simple techniques to promote positive change in clients.
  • Understand when not to use Motivational Interviewing

Who should attend: This workshop will benefit anyone who works in a setting where they are involved in helping young people and adults make positive change in their lives.

When: Wednesday, 21st October 2020 from 9.30am to 4.30pm. 

Where: Hobart College -Sustainability Learning Centre (SLC), Olinda Grove, Mount Nelson Tasmania 7007

Cost: The registration fee is $275 (GST included). Morning tea and lunch is provided.  

To register: Register and complete payment below. A Tax Invoice will be emailed to you. The payment needs to be completed before the workshop occurs, for the registration to be fully confirmed.



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