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Motivational Interviewing for Helping Professionals, Day 1: Core Skills and Spirit

March 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Motivational Interviewing (MI) could transform the way you help people make positive changes in their life. MI is a way of rapidly and compassionately engaging with people and understanding their goals and values. It  is a Person-Centred style of Listening, which draws out of people their own strengths and goals, and guides people toward the change they want.

Over 300 published clinical studies have validated the effectiveness of MI in contexts including: Psychology, Health, Social Work, Addiction, Disability, Corrections, and Mental Health.

What will I learn?

Following your “Day 1” workshop you will be able to apply the basic skills of MI, including:

  • Resisting the “Righting Reflex”
  • Person-Centred Counselling Skills (Open Questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries)
  • How to exchange information and advice in a non-threatening way
  • How to emphasise the autonomy of the people you support
  • How to do the MI dance, and not have a verbal wrestling match
  • How to deepen your understanding and skill in MI
Why do it?

With MI you will discover a new level of ease in your client relationships

  • You will help your clients rebuild confidence and trust in their own abilities
  • You will finish more days amazed at the solutions people create for themselves
  • You will feel less burnt out as a helper, and more empowered in your client relationships
  • You will earn Ongoing Professional Development
  • You will deepen your skill with this evidence-based clinical modality

MI is compatible with your existing set of skills, and will amplify your positive outcomes

Your Trainer

David Ackling-Jones is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He began training disability professionals in Motivational Interviewing in 2010 when establishing new services for people with a disability exiting correctional facilities. He has since provided tailored MI training with hundreds of professionals in Disability, Dementia Care, Mental Health, Medicine, Vocational Rehabilitation and Corrections.

David is a professional affiliate with the Centre for Disability Studies, Sydney University, and has assisted in the delivery and design of their Person Centred Active Support Train the Trainer curriculum.

What is next?

Book an optional “Day 2” workshop to further extend your MI skills, including:

  • Moving between the four stages of an MI conversation
  • Avoiding dead-ends and traps in your conversations
  • How to invite clear goals and consent from the people you support
  • Noticing the subtle signs that people are getting ready for change
  • How to gently draw-out more of a person’s readiness and confidence
  • How to plan with a person while preserving their own enthusiasm and autonomy
  • How to build a person-centred culture and set of MI skills in your team

Enquire now about advanced training, tailored coaching and ongoing  feedback for you and your team.



March 6, 2018
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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David Ackling-Jones


Ability Consultants, Event Room
30 Suakin Drive
Mosman, AU-NSW 2088 Australia
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