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Motivational Interviewing: An Introduction

This workshop will provide up to date information and introduce the fundamental skill set of Motivational Interviewing. Learn helpful skills to assist people to engage in behaviour change.



This interactive workshop will provide a comprehensive introduction to Motivational Interviewing (MI). Participants will learn up-to-date information and be introduced to the fundamental skill set of MI, in order to help people engage in behaviour change. This workshop will be particularly valuable if you are working with others and are wanting to enhance your engagement skills, improve your listening skills, strengthen an individual’s motivation and help people engage in behaviour change.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • How does Motivational Interviewing work?

  • The MI process - engagement, focus, evoke, plan

  • Key MI skills - OARS: open question, affirmations, reflections, summaries

  • Develop fundamental skills to help people engage in behaviour change

  • Strategies to evoke and strengthen change talk

  • Learn ways to strengthen an individual’s motivation towards a specific goal

Let's Get Real

  • Working with People Experiencing Mental Health and Addiction Needs

  • Working with Whānau

  • Working within Communities

Facilitated by Sharon Bennett 

RN, RM, BHSc, DipBus(HRM), BSc(Hons), PGDipHealSc

Sharon has a background in health (nursing and midwifery), with over 20 years' experience in education and training on a variety of subjects, topics and issues. Her particular passion lies in supporting personal and professional development of others. She believes that effective communication is at the heart of both personal and professional success; looking at and addressing internal and external dialogue is essential for creating positive outcomes.

Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Five 
Subsidised Rate: Check if you are eligible here. Tick applicable box when registering to apply discount
Early Bird Discount: $10 discount is available on registrations made up to 8 weeks before the workshop date (automatically applied at checkout)
Catering: Refreshments and light lunch provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Participants will need to present proof of vaccination via the Covid-19 Vaccine Pass upon entry. 

  • Workshops may be moved to online delivery due to changes in Covid-19 alert levels.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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