Motivational Interviewing

Professional Development Series


Supporting people through change.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) uses a therapeutic, person-centred approach to evoke a person's own motivation to make change happen.

People who are not provided the opportunity to explore their own concerns and fears are unlikely to sustain the changes they make.

MI is designed for workers in mental health, AOD, employment and other community sector services who support people to make life changes.

Participants are guided through applying MI strategies in their work using a mixture of group discussion, audio-visual presentations, role-plays and reflection.

The workshop content is delivered using a variety of training methods, including didactic presentation, small and large group discussion and role-play exercises.


Who is this for?

  • Mental health workers
  • AOD workers
  • Employment sector workers
  • Community services workers


Professional Development Course Fee

MHCC Members Non-members
$409 $498


What others have said about this course

"Excellent use of resources, thoughtfully delivered with practical examples and role playing opportunities."

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Face-to-face Workshops

This qualification requires attendance at 2 full-day face-to-face training sessions on consecutive days.*

Statement of Participation

A statement of participation will be granted upon satisfactory attendance of the required training sessions.

*Subject to change. Training requirements will be confirmed upon enrolment.


Key Learnings

  • Explore the background and principles underlying motivational interviewing.
  • Understand motivation and ambivalence and identify stages of change.
  • Apply the principles and practice of motivational interviewing within the context of mental health and substance use.
  • Develop core skills used in motivational interviewing for eliciting change-talk and strategies for "rolling with resistance and reluctance".

Units of Competency

This course has no accredited units of competency.