Motivational Interviewing 2022

Exploring Motivational Interviewing

What is motivational interviewing?

“Motivational interviewing (MI) is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to, a specific goal, by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion” (Miller & Rollnick, 2012). 


1 Day Workshop: An introduction to Motivational Interviewing - Guiding change in helping conversations 

The aim of this interactive workshop is to give participants the opportunity to experience the basics of MI and decide the level of interest in learning more. Participants will be introduced to, and provided with the opportunities to explore the following:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the fundamental spirit and processes of MI 
  • Directly experience the MI approach and contrast it with others
  • Be acquainted with relevant evidence of efficacy
  • Learn practical guidelines for exchanging information/giving advice “in the spirit of MI”
  • Learn a MI strategy for assessing and building motivation 
  • Have direct practice in, and experience of, these particular applications


2 Day Workshop: Motivational Interviewing - Processes and skills 

Following on from Day 1, the aim of this workshop is to provide participants with a more in-depth understanding of the style of MI, and how to continue applying it in practice.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Strengthen empathic listening skills
  • Direct practice and experience in the use of the core skills (including open ended questions, affirming, reflective listening, summarising) throughout the four processes of MI
  • Direct practice in listening for, and responding to, change talk
  • Learn the fundamental client language cues, that allow continued feedback and learning in practice


Please Note:
Delegates can book either the day one workshop or, both day one and day two. It is not possible to attend day two without attending the day one introduction workshop. It is possible to do the Day One training, and then do the 2nd day of training at a later stage - contact faye@grow.co.nz for more details.

Spaces are limited for the 2nd day workshop.

There is also a third one-day of training available as a follow-up to the two-day workshop - Deepening Motivational Interviewing Skills. Visit the website for full information. We recommend that this workshop is taken at a later date, sometime after you have completed the two-day workshop, to give you the time to put into practice what you have learnt and build up your learning.

Who Should Attend

All who work to support others to change, including doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, case workers, social workers, counsellors, teachers, youth workers, community mental health nurses, school counsellors, school leadership, corrections and youth justice workers.

The following peak bodies and organisations recognise that the training we offer is of a high quality, evidence based and relevant for their members CPD.

About the Presenter

Eileen Britt

“Through my research and teaching I seek to make a difference, and to develop students who in turn will be people prepared to make a difference.”

Eileen Britt is a member of the Motivational Interviewing (MI) Network of Trainers, an international collective of MI trainers who promote excellence in the training, research, practice and implementation of MI. 

She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and School of Health Sciences at the University of Canterbury and has worked as a Clinical Psychologist in mental health, health, criminal justice and research settings. 

In this role Eileen teaches MI to postgraduate clinical psychology students, dietetic students, psychiatric registrars, and other students within the School of Health Sciences.  It also involves her researching MI, including: its use with different populations (e.g., youth and adults with diabetes); as a pre-treatment engagement intervention (e.g., for youth with mental health disorders or perpetrators of intimate partner violence); and the training of MI. 

Eileen also provides MI training (introductory to advanced), supervision and coaching, and coding training for a range of NGO services, governmental and professional organisations within NZ. 

Covid 19 Alert level changes

IMPORTANT: New Zealand is expected to move into the Covid-19 Protection Framework (or ‘Traffic Light System’) on or about 3 December 2021. To comply with the Framework, the venue will be requiring vaccine certificates for all hotel guests and visitors to the hotel premises. 

Your presenter Eileen Britt is double vaccinated.


We are actively following Ministry of Health advice relating to COVID-19 levels and our team will contact those registered for events which may have changes in delivery.

Please be aware of our Cancellation Terms below if a change is required from a face-face event to the workshop being delivered online.

Further Details

Morning tea and lunch are included.

Post-Event Takeaway Reference Material

In line with our sustainability objectives, conference presentations will not be distributed in hard copy but will instead be available via a weblink to be advised via email either prior to or following the workshop.

Commitment to Access and Equity

We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact Faye Johnson on 027 607 3000 if you require special assistance. In order to assist us in understanding delegate needs, please advise your access requirements as early as possible. Request at late notice may not be able to be met.

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For further details, please contact:
e: faye@grow.co.nz
p: 027 607 3000