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Drug and alcohol misuse – motivational interviewing SC94

Who is this course for?

Social workers and social care support officers including Mental Health Services


To promote the spirit of the approach; ie. respect, collaboration and evocation by developing skills in reflective listening to express empathy; thereby conveying an understanding of the person’s point of view and underlying drivers.
The course explains the relevance of the Motivational Interviewing approach to other aspects of behaviour change, not just substance misuse.


At the end of the course participants will be able to:
• Outline the basis of service-user ambivalence regarding their substance misuse.
• Describe how to enable service-users to explore and resolve ambivalence.
• Outline gentle ways to address the discrepancy between service-user’s substance misuse and their personal values & future plans.
• Explain how and when to roll with apparent 'resistance', and respond with empathy and understanding, rather than (unintended) confrontation.
• Describe how supporting self-efficacy builds a person’s confidence that change is not only possible but worth-while.
• Explain why service user self-efficacy is related to outcome more-so than external interventions.
• Outline strategies and techniques that guide conversations naturally towards 'change talk'.
• Explain why individual freedom of choice and self-direction doesn’t have to conflict with conversations about change.
• Describe how to enable people to present their own argument for change, and the significance of this.
• Explain the impact (on staff and those we work with) of our well-intentioned aspirations for service-user behaviour change.
• Outline common pitfalls when working with people with substance misuse problems, such as the 'righting reflex'.
• Describe how to avoid arguments, and minimise frustrations that may exist under the surface when working with people who misuse substances.
• Outline the importance of reflecting on one’s own style of communication with service users – what works well and not so well.
• Explain how people with substance misuse issues move through various stages of change, and how we can best respond accordingly.
• Outline the use of number-scaling (when words fail perhaps!) as an aid to having useful conversations with service users.


Chris McGowan – Independent Trainer

Delivery Dates & Venue

The Exchange
County Hall
Conference Training Facility
Preston. PR1 8XJ

Currently no training dates available.