Motivational Interviewing is a technique that is used wherever a person’s behaviours need to change as part of the treatment process. It can be defined as a directive, client-centred approach for eliciting behaviour change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. It is inappropriate to think of motivational interviewing as a technique or set of techniques that are applied to or (worse) "used on" people. Rather, it is an interpersonal style, not at all restricted to formal counselling settings. It is a subtle balance of directive and client-centred components, shaped by an understanding of what triggers change in a person. The Motivational Interviewing workshop covers:

•    Motivation
•    Motivational Approaches
•    Efficacy of Brief Interventions
•    Ambivalence
•    Principles of Motivational Interviewing
•    Applying the Principles
•    Building Motivation for Change
•    Strengthening Commitment
•    Session Content and Management

Participants can expect to gain an understanding of Motivational Interviewing and practical skills that can immediately be applied in their day-to-day interactions with patients and clients. The workshop is an introductory course, and is suitable for people with little or no knowledge of Motivational Interviewing.

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Your presenter is Dr John Forbes. John is a Clinical Psychologist, and the owner of Delta Psychology - a psychology practice offering rapid, low-cost services in the northern suburbs. Prior to this, John was the Mental Health Program Manager at the Osborne Division of General Practice (now Panorama Health Network), and the Assistant Director of Health and Welfare Services at the WA Police. John has also been a sessional lecturer in the postgraduate psychology program at Edith Cowan University, and has provided motivational interviewing training to a wide range of organisations.  As well as being a psychologist, John is also a Certified Practising Accountant and computer scientist, and has worked in these capacities at both the WA Police and the Office of the Auditor General for Western Australia. His areas of special interest include: positive psychology, optimal psychological functioning, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, substance use, and hypnosis.

Terms and Conditions

  • Prices include GST. Payment is required to secure registration.
  • Only cancellations in writing addressed to John Forbes, Delta Psychology, 6/99 Caridean Street, Heathridge, WA, 6027 will be accepted. No refund will be given for cancelling less than 5 working days before each seminar. Cancellation policy is final and not negotiable. While I understand that difficult personal circumstances can prevent participants from attending, the logistics of event management prevent me from assuming responsibility for these contingencies. However, registrations are transferable to another person in full.
  • If I am unable to present the seminar due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, the seminar will be provided on an alternative date within three months of the original date for the seminar. Refunds will only be offered in the event that the seminar cannot be offered within this time frame.
  • A certificate of attendance will be issued after the workshop via e-mail.
  • The seminar is run subject to minimum numbers.