The Psychological Society of Ireland



The Psychological Society of Ireland,
Floor 2, Grantham House,
Grantham Street, Dublin 8, D08 W8HD.


An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing


The Learning Curve Institute



An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Venue: The Skylon Hotel, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Dates: 21ST-22nd September 
Time: 09.30am - 04.30pm
Learning Credits 4 per day

The aim of this two-day workshop is to provide the theory of Motivational Interviewing and the space to practice the skills associated with Motivational Interviewing. There will be “real” (anonymous) scenarios taken from the group and then worked on using the skills and principles of Motivational Interviewing, this is done to enhance the learning experience and to make the connection between the theory and practice of Motivational Interviewing.

Teaching Objectives:

  • To equip students with the tools to be enable them to develop and build on their own counseling skills.
  • To build on and expand existing knowledge in relation to Motivational Interviewing within the group.
  • To enhance confidence in participants use of Motivational Interviewing Skills.
  • To become familiar with the general Principles of Motivational Interviewing: Express empathy Develop Discrepancy Roll with resistance Support self-efficacy Avoid Arguments
  • To provide space and time for participants to become familiar with Motivational Interviewing and use the following core skills: Listening
Use of Open-ended questions Affirming
Reflective Listening Summarizing
Eliciting “change talk”

Outline of Psychological Content:

Motivational interviewing is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with nondirective counseling, it is more focused and goal-directed. The examination and resolution of ambivalence is its central purpose, and the counselor is intentionally directive in pursuing this goal.

Outline of Relevant Empirical Support/ Evidence base for this activity:

Developed by Miller and Rollnick. Motivational Interviewing is a client-centered approach that elicits behavioral changes by assisting individuals to explore and resolve ambivalence. This approach is especially helpful with individuals who are less motivated. Research has shown Motivational Interviewing to be helpful with a wide range of client groups and issues. This two-day course will equip the attendees with a sound understanding of Motivational Interviewing theory and skills.

Method of Event Evaluation:

Assessment will be carried out through continuous assessment of role-plays and listening exercises.

Refund/Cancellation policy:

  • In the case where learners withdraw their application/booking: The original booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Deferral/name changes are permitted with admin fee of €30.00 per change.

To register for this workshop


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