Motivational Interviewing 2023

One or two-day interactive workshops

Online via Zoom - 26 & 27 February 2024

Auckland - 6 & 7 May 2024

Christchurch - 27 & 28 May 2024

Wellington - 17 & 18 June 2024

All workshops run 9.00 am - 3.30 pm

Please Note:
**Delegates can book either the day one workshop, or both days - day one and day two. It is also possible to do the day one training and complete the 2nd day of training at a later stage - contact for more details.

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

Spaces are limited for this workshop.

Deepening Motivational Interviewing Skills - 3rd Day of Training

There is also a third day of training available as a follow-up to the two-day workshop - Deepening Motivational Interviewing Skills. Visit the website for full information. 

Our recommendation is this workshop be 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 (but not limited to) doctors, psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, case workers, social workers, counsellors, teachers, youth workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, community mental health nurses, school counsellors, school leadership, corrections and youth justice workers.

NOTE - If your organisation is interested in having Eileen present face-face as a private workshop to your team, please contact Faye Johnson for more information.

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. 

Based in Christchurch, 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. In 2022 Eileen was the recipient of a National teaching award - Te Whatu Kairangi

Zoom Meeting Dates & Times

Please visit the 2024 Website for the 26 & 27 February details

9.00am - 3.30pm

You will be sent the details to access ZOOM after you have registered. This is an interactive workshop with breakout room activities and we therefore ask all participants to have their own computer / laptop with a working camera and mic as this makes interaction with the breakout room activities and discussions easier and enhances the learning for all.

We also encourage participants to email their questions to us prior to the workshop, or via the chat at the meeting - email

Also, please note this webinar will not be recorded.

Face-Face Workshops Dates & Locations

Monday, 30 & Tuesday, 31 October 2023

The Parnell Hotel & Conference Centre
10/20 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland 1052

Limited onsite or street parking available.

Workshop times - 9am - 3.30pm, with Registration with Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am

Monday, 20 & Tuesday, 21 November 2023

Celebration Centre

81 Bickerton Street, Wainoni, Christchurch 8061

Onsite parking available.

Workshop times - 9am - 3.30pm, with Registration with Welcome tea & coffee from 8.30am

*Please note the dates have changed form those previously advertised . We apologise for any inconvenience. 


Online 1 Day Workshop:
$294.00 inc GST

Online 2 Day Workshop:
$588.00 inc GST

Face-to-Face 1 Day Workshop:
$357.00 inc GST

Face-to-Face 2 Day Workshop:
$714.00 inc GST


Attendees can do the Day One training, then do the 2nd day of training at a later stage - contact for more details.

If you are sending 5 or more delegates, please email us for a discounted rate.


Registration process

Payment is by credit card only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.

Our registration platform is hosted by Lil Regie, our NZ based booking agent. Upon completing your registration by hitting the blue 'Confirm Booking' button, you will receive an automated email confirming the booking and amount paid by credit card. A GST Tax Invoice showing your payment in full will also be emailed to you.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 027 607 3000 or email:

Invoicing Information

We work hard to ensure that all workshops are cost effective by automating our systems. If you require an invoice (rather than paying by debit or credit card) there will be a $25.00 inc GST surcharge for this, and you will need to supply:

  1. The full organisation name and postal address required to appear on the invoice.

  2. The contact name and email of the person(s) responsible for authorising this expense and approving payment.

  3. Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

Please email this information to Brian - and , and along with the Invoice we will also send you a special booking link which will come up as free of charge. Through this link you will need to complete your registration. 

Our workshops fill quickly so if you would like to reserve a place, please contact

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:

Face-Face Events - 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.

Online Events - Up to 7 days prior to the event you will be provided a refund of your registration cost, less a $20.00 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 (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.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the forum – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.

For more information see our full Terms of Trade.

Further Details

Resources will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop. In line with our sustainability objectives, speaker presentations will not be distributed in hard copy, however attendees are invited to print them off and bring these with them or download them to any device they plan to take on the day.

Arrival tea and coffee, morning tea and lunch are included.

Commitment to Access and Equity
We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact Faye - / 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:
p: 027 607 3000