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An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Creating the conversation for change

As a client-centred approach, Motivational Interviewing (MI) is chiefly concerned with promoting an individual’s own capabilities to bring about change of problematic health-related behaviours. Ambivalence about changing or maintaining the status quo is seen as a natural part of the change process. This is resolved in the direction of change through carefully attuning to and empathising with the individual. As underlying conflicts are brought to the surface, MI focuses especially on how a clinician or therapist can engage with a client in order to evoke a greater argument for change for the better from the clients themselves. Research has consistently shown that the strength of the resulting argument predicts successful outcome.This one day workshop will orient attendees to all the broad tenets of MI using theory, conversation, and skills practice, with an emphasis on how it may be applied in their own areas of work.

Course Details

Venue: Live online 1-day workshop.
Duration: 1 Day
Next Start Date:  TBC
Time: 10am-5:00pm
Award: Attendance Certificate
Fees: Full Price:€100
PCI College Student:€80



MI is one of the most robustly evidence-based talk therapies. It has developed a strong utility in addiction treatment and other mental health difficulties such as eating disorders, anxiety, suicidality and depression. It is currently being implemented in diverse settings and practitioners such as nurses, doctors, care givers, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists hold MI as part of their professional identity. The spirit of MI emphasises partnership, compassion, and acceptance. It fosters open and collaborative dialogue and its applications in organisational and multicultural settings continue to be explored.


This one-day training workshop is recommended for anybody with an interest in developing a familiarity with the spirit and principles of the theory and application of this counselling approach. It is aimed at professionals in healthcare settings, and anyone that anticipates working therapeutically with people in the future. Training involves lecture material, discussion, and skills development. It is designed to both enhance or refresh developing MI knowledge and skills you may already have, but also to thoroughly introduce the approach to newcomers. The workshop is delivered by a member of Motivational Interview Network of Trainers (MINT).


Course Content:

The workshop will orient attendees to all the broad tenets of MI using theory, conversation, and skills practice, with an emphasis on how it may be applied in their own areas of work. The main content will include:


  • Understanding and defining how Motivational Interviewing was developed
  • Theoretical background and research base
  • The Spirit of MI
  • The principles and processes of MI
  • Understanding ambivalence and motivation
  • The psycholinguistics of change and commitment
  • Clinician stance and avoiding traps
  • MI applications in diverse settings
  • How to build on your skills after the workshop


Eligibility:  Qualification in Counselling, Psychotherapy or other helping professionals with therapeutic experience and students currently in professional training.


Eoin Stephens, MA, MIACP, MACI: Eoin Stephens, Programme Leader Professional Certificate in CBT


Eoin is a leading Counsellor/Psychotherapist and Counselling/Psychotherapy lecturer, who has worked in the area for over 25 years, specialising in an Integrative Case-Formulation approach to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.


Along with private practice in Sallins and Dublin, he lectures at PCI College, where he previously held the position of College President for more than 10 years.

He is particularly known for his work in the field of behavioural addictions, and has an interest in the relationship between addictions and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression; he is a co-founder of Dual Diagnosis Ireland


What our Students Say

I most sincerely enjoyed the mindfulness meditation that we all did together towards the end of the workshop. It was really soothing and a positive finish to the day.
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What our Students Say

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