Course Profile

Course Profile: Motivational Interviewing
(For Children's Services)
(1 Day)
This course has been developed for a range of social care practitioners whose role involves them offering direct support to those who find change difficult to achieve. The course offers an opportunity for learners to reflect on their role in facilitating self-reflection for individuals, allowing for person-centered target setting and improving positive outcomes. Attendees will be introduced to person-centered working via a social pedagogic approach and utilising critical reflection in order to maximise effective outcomes.

Learning about motivational interviewing and solution-focused therapy empowers staff to offer the best possible support for individuals. Key areas of focus include ‘The Four Interaction Skills’, ‘The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing’ and’ The Four Processes of Motivational Interviewing’. This solution-focused approach helps an individual set their own positive targets, and research demonstrates the true effectiveness of such an approach. The art of active-listening and empowerment are skills which require constant reflection and practice and are the bedrock of best practice.
The course provides some knowledge for
QCF Units: CYP 3/1, CYP 3/2, CYP3/6, CYP3/7, SCMP3, SHC32, YPO06, CYPOP7, Y/505/2933

The course is designed for All workers in the care field, but particularly those engaged in working with service-users to initiate change. It is particularly useful for those working with behaviours such as substance misuse
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • How to create a person-centred environment
  • How to apply a person-centred approach
  • The concept of critical reflection and how this is utilised to improve outcomes
  • The key components of what is involved in motivational interviewing
  • The art of active listening and how to put some of these skills into practice
  • Effective planning for change using solution-focused therapy
  • How person-centred planning should be recorded to both evidence change and motivate individuals
  • The worker’s role as a facilitator for change and showing a clear understanding of the role an individual will play as the lead target setter
  • How change is measured, evaluated and built upon
Training methods utilised include: Presentations, Games, Activity sheets, Feedback, Discussion, Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Group work, DVD and Handouts