Face-to-Face: Auckland, delivered over 2 days

Date 12 + 13 November, 8.30am - 4pm each day

Book 2 or more from the same organisation and receive more than 50% discount!

Motivational Interviewing in Group Counselling

This interactive workshop will provide an overview of using MI in a group counselling format.   MI groups integrate the empirically supported practice of individual MI and evidenced-based group therapy concepts into a coherent four-phase MI group model that complements the new four-processes model of individual MI.

 MI groups are positively focused and forward-looking, and applicable across a wide range of therapeutic concerns.  Various issues and strategies will be explored relating to adapting MI to groups, including design and implementation issues as well as tips for group leadership. The four phases of MI will be explored, and each phase practiced.

Knowledge or experience in MI would be helpful however is not essential.

Trainer: Tipene Pickett, P Grad Cert Health Sciences,. BA Pych & Anthro. MINT Trainer, New Zealand

Learning Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Develop a working knowledge of MI concepts and practices

  • Understand the key issues in therapeutic groups

  • Understand group practice of MI compared to individual practice

  • Understand the four phases of MI groups

  • Be aware of and practice various exercises used in MI groups

  • Experience/observe MI groups in action

Workshop Outline:

  1. Introduction to Motivational Interviewing (MI)

  2. Key issues in therapeutic groups
    a.       Effectiveness of groups vs. individual treatment
    b.       Complexity of group and subgroup relationships
    c.       Group Climate - alliance and cohesion
    d.       Group identification, perceived homogeneity and task interdependence
    e.       Leader functions

  3. Similarities and Differences between individual and group MI

  4. Overview of four phases of MI groups

  5. Phase I: Engaging the group - Concepts and Principles
    a.       Practices: i.e. Group Opening and Engaging; Establishing Group Guidelines; Identifying Focus

  6. Phase II: Exploring member perspectives - Concepts and Principles
    a.       Practices: i.e. Exploring lifestyles; Exploring Ambivalence & Exploring Values

  7. Phase III: Broadening member perspectives - Concepts and principles
    a.       Practices: i.e. Looking forward/envisioning; Evoking Importance/Confidence about Change; Eliciting Strengths and Supports

  8. Phase IV: Moving into Action - Concepts and principles
    a.       Practices: i.e. Change Planning; Strengthening Commitment and Change Planning

Who Should Attend

This workshop is specifically designed to support those working with clients who are experiencing issues related to alcohol and drug use and maladaptive behaviours associated with this i.e. violence, unsafe sex, truancy, relationship problems etc., specifically in a group setting.
This includes social workers  (from a variety of work settings i.e.Oranga Tamariki), mainstream mental health & alcohol and drug practitioners, counsellors, mental health practitioners/nurses, community and care workers. As well as psychiatrists, psychologists that have an addiction related focus.

Knowledge or experience in MI would be helpful however is not essential.

What others have said about Tipene Pickett:

"Such a wealth of knowledge that you shared with us, thank you", Nov 2023

"Incredible how some simple exercises can really open up your own view", May 2023

"I was captivated, right from the beginning", May 2023

"Great to have more tools to add to the kete", May 2023

"I highly commend the manner in which the facilitators ran the workshop and the format, highly effective", March 2021

"This Workshop was of benefit to me also because we had the opportunity to learn about broader concepts within hauora tangata, specifically about how a message is conveyed can have an important impact on how a message is received. The participants illustrated this nicely with their contributions coming from a wide variety of ethnic, cultural & professional backgrounds", March 2021.

"I found everything helpful. From the way it was presented to the people who joined in it. I got a lot out of this workshop and it has made me think about how I talk with my clients", March 2021

"Very thorough process and open minded learning environment, great for those working to help people progress personally", March 2021

"Tipene's delivery and knowledge promoted reflection and further insight. All discussions and
exercises were relevant and helpful to gain further skills for practice", March 2021

The Motivational Interviewing and Puurakau workshop is worth 30 points/16 hours CPD when attending both days.

About the Presenter

Nga Ngaru a Te Huki te Maunga – The waves of Te Huki is my Mountain
Waihua te Awa – Waihua is my River
Kahungunu te Iwi – Kahungunu is my tribe
Kurahikakawa te Hapu – Kurahikakawa is my Sub-tribe
Waihua te Marae – Waihua is my Marae
Ko Tipene Pickett toku ingoa – Tipene Pickett is my name

P Grad Cert Health Sciences, BA soc sci, Member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.
I have been a practitioner of Motivational Interviewing (MI) for the past 17 years and trainer of trainers for the past 6 years. I’ve trained both nationally and internationally. A significant part of my training involves training health professionals in various organisations in health, employment and justice settings with an emphasis on embedding MI training within organisations by creating sustainable MI learning communities to ensure their health practitioners maintain proficiency. Other aspects of my MI trainings include MI for groups, as well as Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity (MITI) evaluation and feedback tool.

As a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers means I’m part of a global community of people who share a similar vision of change and scrutiny of professional practice in order to be the most effective clinicians we can be by embracing the way of being MI offers. My special interest is in the relationship between MI and Cultural practices that facilitate change and have developed a framework for framing the journey of MI within the context of Maori practices (Tikanga) particularly the Powhiri process of engagement.

Dates Face-to-Face in Auckland:

Date 12 + 13 November 2024

Each day starts at 8.30am and is set to finish no later than 4pm.

Day catering is included in your registration - please advise of any dietary or other requirements. Accommodation is NOT included.

For second and subsequent delegates, the price is only $300 pp


Parnell Hotel and Conference Centre
10 - 20 Gladstone Road
Parnell, 1052 Auckland 


Limited free carparking is available at the Hotel 

If you wish to stay at the Parnell, please contact them directly

Price & Registration Information - book 2 or more for 50% discount

FACE-TO-FACE workshop:
2 full days workshop, 8.30am - 4pm
Standard: $675 per person including GST
Book 2 or more from the same organisation, and pay only $300 pp for second and subsequent

Contact us for a discount if you're registering more than 5 people.

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If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort: nathalie@grow.co.nz or ph: 021 066 9811

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Please email nathalie@grow.co.nz  if you would like to reserve a place, as our workshops fill quickly.

What happens if you have to cancel?

We know that sometimes your plans can change for many different reasons. Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. If a substitute delegate is not available and you need to cancel your registration, please be aware of the following:

Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $60.00 inc GST per attendee service charge.
If you cancel within 7 days of the event, you are not eligible to receive a refund. Please note: should your registration not be paid by the time of the event, you are still liable to make the payment. Unpaid accounts may be passed over to our debt collection agency and additional costs may be incurred.
All cancellations must be received in writing via email.
Training is cancellable by GROW with 3 days’ notice if a minimum number of attendees is not met and full refunds will be provided.
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For further details, please contact:
e: nathalie@grow.co.nz
p: 021 066 9811