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

4 + 5 April, 8.30am - 4pm each day

Online: delivered over 4 mornings

19, 20, 26 and 27 June, 9am - 1pm each session

The use of storytelling (Puurakau) and Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing and Puurakau 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.

What we will cover:

  • Exploration of MI Spirit with attention to Pōwhiri process and MI process of Engagement

  • Exploration of The art of listening to understand  rather than solve.

  • The skill of Focusing a conversation for change.

  • Using your Expertise as a Professional whilst maintaining the client as the Expert.

  • An example of using a Pūrakau – Te Noho Tata Pū – Whakapapa of Tapu to Noa.

  • Exploring the art of tuning our ears to the language that predicts change and responding to it.

  • The art of dancing with discord and a person’s good reasons not to change rather than wrestling.

  • Exploring use of an MI strategy to build confidence in using Pūrakau.

*Please note: order may differ, depending on delegates needs and knowledge

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.

Feedback from past participants

"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.

Feedback from past participants

"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

"I really thought the group work worked really well and I was surprised by this as it was an online course", 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

94.12% feels confident using these skills next time they see patients/clients.

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 Auckland:

4 + 5 April 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.


19, 20, 26 and 27 June

Each session starts at 9am and is set to finish at 1pm.

There are 4 different sessions, you register to attend all 4.

You will be sent the ZOOM login details 1 week prior tot he start of the workshop, along with the handouts.


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
Accommodation is not included in your registration

Price & Registration Information - Early Bird Auckland finishes 13 March, Early Bird ONLINE finishes 28 May

FACE-TO-FACE workshop:
2 full days workshop, 8.30am - 4pm
Early Bird: $675 per person, incl GST - register and pay before 13 March and SAVE $75!
Standard: $750 per person including GST

ONLINE workshop:
4 morning sessions, 9am - 1pm
Early Bird: $575 per person, incl GST - register and pay before 28 May and SAVE $75!
Standard: $650 per person including GST

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

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 hitting the blue "Complete Booking" button, you will receive an automated email confirming your registration and you will also be a sent in a separate email a Tax Invoice showing your booking as being paid in full by Credit Card.

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

Can't pay online and require an invoice?

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:

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

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

  • Any purchase order references required on vendor invoices.

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 $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 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.
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.

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For further details, please contact:
e: nathalie@grow.co.nz
p: 021 066 9811