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Foundations in Motivational Interviewing – Victoria 2019

January 19 @ 9:00 am - January 20 @ 5:00 pm PST

$595 – $795

Course Description

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Do you ever tire of having to cajole, beg, plead, lecture and nag at patients to make behavioural changes indicated by their treatment plan(s)? Do you ever get frustrated with patients who seem to agree with your recommendations and suggestions while in your office, and then seem to lose their motivation as soon as they walk out the door? If so, this introductory-level workshop in the art and science of “Motivational Interviewing” might just be worth a look!

Motivational Interviewing is an approach to patient-practitioner conversation designed to elicit from patients their own argument in favour of making various health-promoting changes (so that the “arguing” comes from the client – not you!) It works by helping clients to articulate and expand upon their desire for pursuing specified behavioural changes, and to outline their perception of the need for change – until they make a commitment to action. Learning the MI way of communicating is simple – but not usually very easy! (It requires as much “unlearning” as learning – and practice with a number of skills.

An investment of two days in this workshop will help you to develop new conversational habits that may help your clients by activating intrinsic motivation for change. It may also help you to spend less time begging, pleading and cajoling – and more time providing treatment! This fourteen hour workshop involves both theory and practice sufficient to get you started with core skills in Motivational Interviewing in the context of clinical care.

This introductory course includes:

  • overview of the concepts of “intrinsic motivation” and “persuasion” as they apply to MI theory and practice
  • description of the Transtheoretical Model of Change in relation to MI practice
  • the underlying principles and introductory practices associated with the MI approach
  • understanding the MI perspective on client/counsellor resistance, including minimization and preventive practices
  • information and advice-giving strategies using the MI approach
  • obstacles to learning the MI approach and factors that maximize MI skill development
  • developing a “next steps” plan for those who would like to build on this foundational level of training and maximize transfer-of-learning to actual workplace scenarios

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this 2-day introductory workshop, learners will be able to:  

  •  articulate the four processes required to structure a Motivational Interview
  • explain how the core practices of MI could positively influence their work with the clients they serve
  • explain how key MI skills are best utilized in the context of each of the four processes that constitute an MI exchange
  • demonstrate use of the four Motivational Interviewing “OARS” skills through supervised practice in (composite) client-scenario cases
  • identify “change talk” in the context of client conversation, and practice eliciting and shaping such client speech patterns with foundational MI practices and principles
  • demonstrate four ways of responding to client “change talk” once it has been elicited or expressed
  • articulate the stages of the Transtheoertical Model of Change as it relates to the process of personal change and to intrinsic motivation for change
  • explain how central concepts in Motivational Interviewing intersect with stages model outlined in the Transtheoertical Model of Change
  • explain differences between the Motivational Interviewing approach to understanding client resistance and other traditional and “persuasion” approaches

About the Instructor

Paul Burke is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) and is a veteran in the field of health behaviour change. For more than twenty years he worked with AADAC (the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission) and is well known in the field for his broad experience base.

Since 1993, when Paul completed his initial workshop training in MI (Trainer: Dr. Stephen Rollnick, co-author, along with Dr. W.R. Miller, of the primary MI text) he has participated in more than 10 additional M.I. workshops courses with trainers such as Drs. Rollnick and Miller, and other key people in the field of MI practice and research.

Paul offers a broad spectrum of education and skill development workshops and seminars related to a variety of applications of MI for organizations across Canada. Literally, Paul can say that he has trained “coast-to-coast-to-coast” in Canada! He has provided workshops as far north as Inuvik and Whitehorse; as far west as Vancouver and Victoria and east all the way to Halifax, St. John’s, and P.E.I – (and, of course, to dozens of towns and cities in between). In addition to speaking engagements at conferences, Paul currently conducts more than 40 M.I.workshops per year. Since 1996 he has facilitated more than 300 workshops at both the introductory and advanced levels. He is also lead consultant to organizations that want to develop in-house learning systems for advancing the practice of M.I.

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January 19 @ 9:00 am
January 20 @ 5:00 pm
$595 – $795


Paul Burke, B.Ed.


Total Body Health
888 Short St.
Victoria, British Columbia V8X 2V5​ Canada
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