Mindful Monkey.

Motivating People

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Here are a few ideas that came up during the Motivational Interviewing workshop we are in the middle of facilitating. Miller and Rollnick define:

MI is about arranging conversations so that people talk themselves into change, based on their own values and interests

Time and time again I find myself thinking:

People change as a result of how we listen to them, rather than what we tell them

We often find ourselves in a situation where our job is to stimulate change, we are supposed to ‘persuade’ people to change in a way that will benefit them. I have found a useful way of looking at this process:

Persuasion is not about getting a person to do what you want them to do, it is about getting them to want to change.
It is not about coercion, it is about desire, the desire for change is induced within the client

I will be running a 2 day Essential Motivational Interviewing Skills in Nottingham on the 16th & 17th of December 2014.

Foundation Degree in Drug & Alcohol Counselling & Treatment


If you are working with substance users or would like to move into the field then this might be the course for you. It is part time and designed to fit alongside work. It runs as a one evening a week class in Leicester or if you live further afield or need the flexible study option then the Distance Learning Option might be for you.

“The course will provide the skills, knowledge base and expertise needed to use counselling skills within the drug and alcohol counselling field. The Degree provides an opportunity for people to train as drug and alcohol counselling workers and build a career in this profession… and will enable students to develop sufficient competence and confidence to access employment in the drug and alcohol counselling field.”

Both are now recruiting. Click the links for more information about the Face to Face Course or the Distance Learning Course.

If you want more information then contact LH114@le.ac.uk or get in touch with me.

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