“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 a Professor in the School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing 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, psychiatric registrars, and 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); in different settings (e.g., sports coaching and Work and Income); and the training of MI. Eileen is also one of the authors of Takitaki Mai: A guide to Motivational Interviewing for Māori practitioners.
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