Motivational Interviewing Training

Motivational Interviewing skills are relevant to all professionals whose job role involves facilitating a degree of change in clients, patients, offenders or staff, providing core skills and strategies to:

  • Create engagement and the working relationship
  • Work productively with resistance and ‘false compliance’
  • Increase effectiveness of assessments and assessment tools
  • Reduce ‘hidden harm’ and enhance risk management
  • Develop client importance & confidence around change
  • Match agendas and co-construct change plans
  • Support change when it happens

Motivational Social Work

Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based approach providing exactly the concrete skills necessary for ‘relationship based’ social work, actively promoting change, identified by the 2011 Monro Review of Child Protection & Research which can be found in our Document Library. The training is relevant to all experienced social work professionals.

Specifically for Assessed and Supported Year of Employment (ASYE) newly qualified social workers, Ignition has developed a Qualifications & Credit Framework (CQF) accredited Level 5 Award in Motivational Interviewing and Family Work.

Please contact us to discuss your interest in MI training for social work, and see our Consultancy Services section for details of MI based change management in social work settings.

Health Behaviour Change

Using Motivational Interviewing and strengths-based approaches is a key objective of NHS England for community services. Ignition has provided core MI training for the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) in England and Scotland, ‘early adopter’ areas of the Healthy Child programme, and was Preferred Provider for the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority.

This training is suitable for any health practitioner whose job role involves some degree of facilitating change in patients or clients, often on ‘difficult’ subjects. Ignition also provides training on the use of MI in supervision.

We are delighted with how well received your sessions have been by our staff - they are keen to use it in practice and I know that our service users will benefit from it enormously. The staff have clearly gained a lot!

Carol Adams - Clinical Educator Health Visiting - Lewisham PCT

Work With Offenders

Motivational Interviewing provides a core platform for an effective and boundaried relationship in reducing offending behaviour through the facilitation of positive change. Ignition has provided MI training in prison and probation, in the UK, Estonia and Australia, since 1999.

The training is suitable for any professional working with offenders, in criminal justice, arts organisations, or community bodies, allowing examination of ‘problem’ behaviours in a respectful and productive way:

  • Building relationships
  • Enhancing motivation for change
  • Working with resistance
  • Challenging not confronting
  • Working group or one-to-one

For information on Motivational Interviewing with victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence and abuse please see our Domestic Violence & Abuse Training section.

Business Communications

Motivational Interviewing skills are relevant to a range of business communications issues including:

  • Productive management of ‘difficult conversations’
  • Individual performance discussions
  • Engaging staff in change
  • Influencing external stakeholders
  • Supervision & coaching

Ignition Associates are not just ‘role players’, but active facilitators of the learning, structuring the educational experience and providing specific skills coaching responsively within scenarios, and facilitation of peer group coaching and reflexive feedback from a strengths-based perspective.