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Motivational Interviewing for AOD Practice

by Insight

  • Date & time
    Mon. 27 Nov 2023
    9:00 am
    Tue. 28 Nov 2023
    4:30 pm
  • location
    Edwards-Miller Conference Room, Floor 4, Biala Community Health Centre, 270 Roma Street, Brisbane QLD 4000

Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change, and is a highly recommended, evidence-based approach for helping people address their substance use behaviours.  It is recommended for all practitioners based in AOD and mental health settings who provide direct support to people experiencing substance use concerns.

MI training involves a two-day interactive workshop. Following the workshop, participants are invited to take part in “follow-up” Zoom calls scheduled throughout the year. In these follow up calls, participants will be able to seek additional feedback after applying their new M.I. skills in direct practice.

This two-day workshop builds on the content covered in the introductory eLearning modules by providing structured opportunities for application, practice and discussion. 

Day 1: The Spirit of MI and Change Talk - Monday 27th November 2023, 9.00am - 4.30pm

Day 1 will cover the underlying spirit of MI, along with the core skills which are used in other forms of counselling and across the four processes of MI. The workshop focuses on how to recognise and respond to change talk, including the different subtypes of change talk and ways of evoking confidence. 


Day 2: Evoking Change Talk, Processes and Consolidating Commitment, Tuesday 28th November, 9.00am - 4.30pm

Day 2 will focus on how to evoke change talk, the heart of MI, and demonstrate how to use the core skills to respond to sustain talk and what to do if there is discord. The workshop will look at the four processes of MI, how to recognise which stage your client may be at to inform your approach, including giving information and advice, consolidating commitment and developing a change plan. 


Follow up phone call:

This follow up zoom call will be scheduled during the semester after the workshop so that participants can further discuss and/or practice their use of the core MI skills with feedback provided from the training facilitators. Invitations to register are forwarded via e-mail.