The use of storytelling and Motivational Interviewing

The Pōwhiri, Pūrakau and Motivational Interviewing with Youth, Emerging Adults and Adults:
Paddling and Flying to New Horizons

Kia Ngātahi te waihoe
Ka huri te kei o te waka Whatiwhati ngaru
Haere ki tua, papapounamu te moana E topa, e rere ki te paerangi


Paddle as one
Turn the bow of the canoe
Cut through the waves
Go beyond to where the waters are flat, that you may fly to the horizon

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

In this interactive workshop you will:

  1. UNDERSTAND: How Motivational Interviewing practices differ with youth and emerging adults.
    Clinical Highlights: Developmental Considerations.
  2. GAIN: Knowledge of the Maori worldview and engagement processes of the Pōwhiri and use of Pūrakau Maori Narratives of origin and their relevance to working with youth and emerging adults.
    Cultural Highlights: Cultural relevance & identity - they matter more than you think.
  3. KNOW: The fundamental MI skills: youth deserve your flexible adaptability.
    Clinical Highlights: The 4 MI processes: engage, focus, evoke & plan.
    Spirit of MI: partnership, acceptance, compassion & evocation.
    Using your OARS.
    Identifying and strengthening change talk and commitment language.
  4. PRACTICE: Cultural and developmentally sensitive clinical MI skills.
    Cultural & Clinical Highlights: Engage in Storytelling of Pūrakau with discussion expanding and deepening themes of change and applicability of these narratives of origin with youth and emerging adults.
    In-Vivo group & individual role plays.
    Maori specific applications.
    Integrate knowledge from international publication: MI with adolescents & young adults.

This workshop has a strong Maori kaupapa and will be delivered in English. Any Te Reo used in the workshop will be translated.


In both Christchurch and Auckland there will be a 1-day as well as a 2-day workshop. The difference between 1- and 2- day workshop is an added Pūrakau with more extensive practice in utilising microskills of MI to elicit change talk focused on themes identified in the Pūrakau related to change in order to shape a conversation to resolve ambivalence and strengthen commitment for change.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is specifically designed to support those working with youth and emerging adults 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. This includes social workers  (from a variety of work settings i.e.Oranga Tamariki), mainstream mental health & alcohol and drug practitioners, school counsellors, mental health practitioners/nurses, community and care workers. Maori specific health providers/alcohol and drug/mental health services, Maori youth development organisations, specialist youth and Maori focused teams within district health boards. As well as psychiatrists, psychologists that have a youth and emerging adult focus.


The Powhiri, Purakau and Motivational Interviewing 1-day workshops are worth 20 points/6.5 hours CPD. 2-day workshops are worth 30 points/13 hours CPD.

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 & Locations

In both Christchurch and Auckland there will be a 1-day as well as a 2-day workshop. The difference between 1- and 2- day workshop is an added Pūrakau with more extensive practice in utilising microskills of MI to elicit change talk focused on themes identified in the Pūrakau related to change in order to shape a conversation to resolve ambivalence and strengthen commitment for change.

Dunedin: 29 July
Venue: Malcam Trust premises, Jubilee Park, Maori Road, Dunedin
Christchurch: 30 and 31 July
Venue: The Celebration Centre, 8061/81 Bickerton St, Wainoni, Christchurch
Wellington: 2 August
Venue: Te Whare Marae, Puketiro centre, 30 Kenepuru Drive, Porirua
Palmerston North: 5 August
Venue: Caccia Birch House, 130 Te Awe Awe Street, Palmerston North
Hawke’s Bay: 6 August
Venue: Ellwood Function Centre, 15 Otene Road, Waipatu Hastings
Rotorua: 13 August
Venue: Tarewa Pounamu Marae, 26 Tarewa Road, Rotorua
New Plymouth: 15 August
Venue: Tui Ora, 36 Maratahu Street, New Plymouth
Auckland: 26 and 27 August
Venue: Te Haa O Manukau, 2 Osterley Way, Manukau
Masterton: 4 and 5 September: 2-day workshop ONLY
Venue: Wairarapa DHB Lecture Room, 96 Blair Street, Masterton

Please Note:
Delegates can book either the 1-day workshop or the 2-day workshop. It is not possible to attend the second day without attending the first day introduction workshop.

Powhiri at 8.45am, workshop starts at 9am and is set to finish at 3.30pm.

Price & Registration

Pricing:
1-day workshop $250 + GST
2-day workshop $375 + GST.

Registration process

Payment online is by Debit or Credit Card: VISA, Mastercard or American Express only and there are 3 easy steps to complete the online booking process.
Upon completion of your registration, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Nathalie van Dort on 06 878 3456 or email: nathalie@grow.co.nz

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 $50.00 per attendee plus GST 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). You will be sent the event's materials upon request.

Delegates are responsible for their own travel/accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the event be rescheduled or cancelled.

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

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

Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options will be available. In an effort to keep the price as low as possible, other special dietary requirements are unable to be catered for. You are however welcome to bring your own snacks and lunch.

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 following the conference.

Commitment to Access and Equity

We are committed to access and equity and endeavour to meet the needs of all delegates. Please contact our team at 06 878 3456 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:
Nathalie van Dort at nathalie@grow.co.nz or
Phone: 06 878 3456