Motivational Interviewing

Unhealthy behaviours such as over-eating, poor dietary choices, smoking and alcohol abuse contribute to the long-term conditions that many adults in the UK are living with. These same unhealthy behaviours are frequently observed in children and younger adults, and will result in serious consequences in their later years if the behaviours go unchecked. The majority of these health conditions are preventable if people were to make different lifestyle choices and observe healthy behaviours. Behaviour change is the key to long-term condition management and avoidance.

Motivational Interviewing is a specific form of communication used by health professionals, which has been effective in fostering change across a wide range of health behaviours. In situations where patient motivation is a particular challenge, MI techniques can be used to successfully activate patients’ own motivations for behaviour change and adherence to treatment.

Learning Outcomes: At the end of the session, participants will have:

  • An understanding of the principles of Motivational Interviewing
  • Built on existing communication skills and developed a better awareness of communication strategy
  • Practised blending Motivational Interviewing ‘change and commitment language’ into usual consultations and conversations with patients
  • A greater awareness of the common traps to avoid

This course is for:
professionals who are involved in supporting people to change behaviours in the interests of their health – such as changing diet, exercising, giving up smoking, taking medication regularly e.g. GPs, nurses, health promotion specialists, health coaches, clinicians in acute, mental health and community care settings.

If you would like any further information please contact Marion Deacon on

Course delivered by: Barbara Bradbury



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