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Level 4: Developing Motivational Interviewing Practice Skills

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a communication style that strengthens people's own motivation and commitment to change by using collaborative conversation to evoke and explore their reasons for change.  open_awards_logo

The 'MI: Developing practice skills' course expands upon and develops learning from the Level 3 introductory course. The underlying spirit and principles of MI will be further explored, and, from the basic understanding that change is a process, not an event, the course will be structured around the four MI processes

  • Engaging and Exploring,
  • Focusing,
  • Guiding and Evoking, and
  • Preparing and Planning
The course includes class-based and workplace-based sessions and activities. A variety of learning styles will be used throughout the course including presentations, demonstration, video presentations and small group exercises and feedback. Participants will have the opportunity to give and receive structured feedb​ack on their practice of MI. Participants will be expected to undertake assessment tasks and activities for the Level 4 certification.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to

  • identify how the spirit and principles of MI may be applied in their work practice
  • apply the Four Processes of MI: Engaging and Exploring; Focusing; Guiding and Evoking; and Preparing and Planning
  • more confidently and proficiently apply MI's core skills: Open Questions, Affirmations, Reflections, Summaries
  • decide when MI would be the most useful approach, overcoming barriers to implementing MI, and where other skills might be more useful
  • identify personal strengths of Motivational Interviewing practice and developmental areas through coding, personal reflection and feedback

Who is the course for?

The course is available to anybody who has completed the Level 3 Motivational Interviewing course (or an equivalent as agreed on application) who wants to develop their MI practice.​ 

Eligibility Criteria

Participants should have the opportunity to practice MI within their workplace.

Participants will be expected to submit a good standard of written work.​

Dates, Duration and Venue

Date TBC
Duration 8 days / 60 learning hours

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 3BL


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