2 Day Motivational Interviewing

This 10-hour workshop is aimed at those working in both the addiction field and wider social care contexts i.e. homelessness, residential care, youth work, and social care wishing to expand their skill and knowledge base in the area of addiction counselling through the application of motivational interviewing. The training will include learning in key skills such as reflective listening, developing discrepancy, rolling with resistance, managing ambivalence, and promoting client self-efficacy. The training is for anyone with a serious interest in the area of substance use and who interacts in either a paid or voluntary capacity with people who have addiction issues.

Title: Motivational Interviewing: helping people to work towards change

Course facilitator: Peter Kelly, Merchants Quay Ireland, Training Officer

Venue: The Carmelite Center, 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2

Schedule: 10th December 2019/11th December 2019, 10 a.m.—4 p.m.                                     

Eligibility: This training is for anyone who interacts on either a paid or a voluntary capacity in the area of problem drug use /addiction and has an interest in both the conscious and unconscious factors that underpin human motivation and the capacity for change. CPD points are available for this training.

Cost: €180.00. €50.00 non-refundable deposit to secure your place on the programme. €130.00 on first day of the event.

How to apply: The Motivational Interviewing application form is available here. This can also be obtained from Peter Kelly, Training Officer at Merchants Quay Ireland peter.kelly@mqi.ie or by contacting Peter at 01-5240936. You can send the completed form to Peter at his email address.

Closing Date: Closing date for receipt of application forms is Tuesday 26th November 2019

More Information: For further information please contact the Training Office in Merchants Quay @ 01-5240936 and/or email: peter.kelly@mqi.ie

Programme Aims:

This course will develop in students an integrated set of strategies for increasing competence in motivational counseling skills. Theoretical underpinnings of the approach will be examined, alongside key principles and strategies. Core skills will be explained and students will be given the opportunity to practice these core skills in class through role-play.  Emphasis will focus on developing proficiency in the areas of reflective listening, highlighting discrepancy, rolling with resistance, increasing client self-efficacy, managing urges and compulsions, and implementing change plans and strategies.

Programme Outcomes:

  • Have gained a good understanding of Motivational Interviewing, its theoretical underpinnings, influence, and development.
  • Will have achieved a level of competency in the core skills and be able to begin, maintain, and conclude a helping intervention.
  • Have an understanding of the Wheel of Change and be able to situate the cycles of drug/alcohol use within its framework.
  • Will have developed a proficiency in the areas of reflective listening, dealing with resistance/ambivalence, and the development of discrepancy.
  • Be aware of the factors that facilitate change particularly in relation to the F.R.A.M.E.S. model and its efficacy in addiction.
  • Be able to move clients towards the process of change through the management of compulsions and urges and the exploration of intrinsic motivation.

Programme Trainer:

Mr Peter Kelly MSc Psychotherapy, Advanced Diploma in Supervision, Bph (Philosophy), Dip Social  Studies, M.I. trainer, Reality Therapy, Certified is the Training Officer with Merchants Quay Ireland.  Peter works in the area of addiction and substance misuse and has been involved in the provision of both drug counselling and drug education for the past twenty years. His clinical background is psychoanalytic psychotherapy and he is an accredited member of both the A.C.I. (Addiction Counsellors of Ireland) and the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Ireland (A.P.P.I.). Peter is also trained in Motivational Approaches to problem drug use, and his areas of interest include both the role of the unconscious in addiction and how people manage and overcome addictive cycles.

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