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This workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to MI.

Book Thursday 15 - Friday 16 March 2018

Respectful and productive conversations about change

This two day professional development event is for workers in health, community and corrections settings who engage in conversations about change.

Motivational Interviewing is collaborative method for guiding conversations about behaviour change. More than a set of techniques, MI is a discipline in its own right that brings together a set of values, principles and disciplined use of skills to assist people to resolve ambivalence and deepen motivation to pursue the changes that are meaningful for them.

While the skills do take time and practice, the style of conversation is gentle, curious and comes from a place of faith in the client. The hope is that, together, we may discover what is meaningful for this person and what choices would work best for them, knowing who they are and what they deep down really want for their future. MI asks us to be mindful of the way our own hopes and assumptions can interfere in the process as much as they can help, and create a space of genuine enquiry and deepening understanding.

Rather than replace other approaches, MI has a capacity to enhance and deepen the full range of interventions we use by bringing a more acute awareness to the how and when of conversation, rather than just what we talk about.

The training is highly interactive, with a focus on practical skill development. The two-day workshop will offer an opportunity to:

  • Gain a clear and up-to-date understanding of MI – what it is, how it works and recent changes to the framework
  • Increase understanding of the change process
  • Review and practice the core skills
  • Apply the skills to the change process
  • Increase ability to work effectively with resistance and ambivalence
  • Practice skills in softening sustain talk and eliciting change talk
  • Develop strategies to continue learning and practicing MI
  • Reinforce learning with 16 weeks of brief follow up emails focusing on specific aspects of MI.


The workshop is suitable for workers dealing with a wide range of presenting issues and settings, including addictions, mental health, chronic disease management, treatment adherence, criminal justice and healthy behaviour change.

MI relies on the use of foundation skills used with increasing discipline and depth. The workshop is suitable for both workers with no knowledge of MI and for those who want to refresh and deepen their understanding and practice of the core skills of MI.

Workshop details

The workshop will be held on the lower level of the Van Raay Centre at Ceres Environment Park in Room 1 (Rooms 2-4 combined). Registration opens at 9.00 for a 9.30 start.

Registration - 9.00 AM

Times - 9.30 AM - 4.30 PM

Venue - Van Raay Centre, Ceres Environment Park, 8 Lee St, Brunswick East

Cost - $495 (inc GST)

Registration includes morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea, as well as GST. Please register only if you able to attend both days. Free parking is available onsite on in nearby streets if the carpark is full. We recommend arriving by 9.00 to ensure parking. The venue is also close to the 96 tram on Nicholson St.

Mentha Consulting is committed to supporting positive community initiatives. Venue and catering fees support the work of the Ceres Environmental Park. For more information on Ceres go to www.ceres.org.au.

All registrations include a non refundable fee of $100 up to 7 days of the workshop commencement. Workshop registrations are not refundable within 7 days of the workshop commencement.