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Motivational Interviewing - Theory and Practice

Do you work with clients who sometimes get 'stuck'? Join us to learn micro skills for meeting clients at their stage of change.  

Learn how to harness your clients’ intrinsic motivation to change their thinking and behaviour. 

Motivational interviewing is a counselling technique that focuses on bolstering a client's motivation for change through 4 key principles: 

  • Resist the urge to correct. 
  • Grasp the client's intrinsic motivations. 
  • Approach with empathy. 
  • Empower the client.  

It’s particularly useful for situations where clients have mixed feelings about changing their behaviour. 

Originally developed to treat alcohol addiction, motivational interviewing is unique in empowering people to take responsibility for their own recovery.

Learning outcomes

In this workshop, you will: 

  • be encouraged to reflect on your current understanding of how and why people change 
  • discover how motivational interviewing can help facilitate behaviour change 
  • learn how motivational interviewing techniques can be helpful in client work 
  • explore strategies for helping clients who are paralysed by mixed feelings about change to get ‘un-stuck’ 
  • gain techniques for encouraging clients to examine the benefits of change and identify what isn’t working about their current situation or thinking patterns.

Ideal for

Clinicians, social workers, community organisation workers, health professionals, youth workers, child and family workers and counsellors at any level of experience who support clients experiencing challenges in their therapeutic progress.

About the presenter

Jeff Roberts is a clinical psychologist with more than 25 years’ experience in counselling across a variety of mental health settings in Australia and overseas. He specialises in cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused brief therapy and narrative models as well as acceptance and commitment therapy and positive psychology approaches in his work.

Jeff specialises in men's health and is also experienced working with LGBTIQ+ communities on a range of different issues including depression, anxiety, sexual health and interpersonal issues. He has experience working with the corporate sector, providing coaching, training and leadership development. Jeff lectures and runs workshops in masters programs at Monash University, the Australian College of Applied Professionals, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology as well as Relationships Australia Victoria.

Registration information

  • When you register, you'll be taken to our payment gateway to complete your registration. A new account will be automatically created for you in our Learning Management System (Moodle). 
  • Registrations for scheduled workshops close 48 hours before the event. 
  • Workshops must be paid for at least 2 business days before the training date, or your registration will be cancelled.  
  • If paying by invoice, proof of payment needs to be provided at least 24 hours ahead of the event.

Training Workshops Cancellation Statement [PDF, 1MB]

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Training and Development Team
Phone: (03) 8573 2222
Email: [email protected]


No workshops are currently scheduled. Please contact us directly to express your interest.

We can provide this workshop either online or face-to-face.
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