Understanding Motivational Interviewing


Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, goal oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change.  It is mainly used by practitioners in health and social services to elicit a shift of thinking and motivate others to change behaviour.  A core tenet of the technique is that a person’s motivation to change is enhanced by a gentle process of negotiation of the benefits and costs involved.

The module looks at the concept and spirit of motivational interviewing as well as reviewing the research base.  It is a practical module where students will be able to observe motivational interviewing in action and practise the skills and techniques to conducting a motivational interview 

Duration, attendance and delivery

The course usually lasts approximately 10 weeks. This includes online learning, workshops, tutorials, self-study, reflection, application of learning at work as well as completing assessments.


At the end of the course you will undertake an assessment. This is a work based assessment rather than a theory based essay. Typically you will be required to apply what you have learnt to your context at work, evaluating concepts for their applicability and usefulness.

The assessment format may be a written exercise, in-class presentation, project report or another appropriate method. A written piece would be around 2000 words in length.

Entry requirements

You will need to be in a work role (paid or unpaid) which allows you the scope to put the concepts learned into practice. There are no formal qualification requirements for entry; we assess suitability on each individual application.

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