Motivating the Unmotivated
Motivational interviewing (MI) is a person centred approach which utilises listening, empathetic responses and specific techniques aiming to elicit and strengthen personal motivation for change, as well as facilitating acceptance of situations that may not change. MI effectively helps clients to change unhealthy behaviours and "out performs traditional advice" in approximately 80% of the studies reviewed in a meta analysis and systematic review, undertaken by Rubak et al (2005). In this introductory workshop, participants will be provided with the theoretical background and techniques that underpin MI. Training strategies to develop Mi skills will utilised, in which participants will be expected to participate in practical sessions with other participants, undertaking mock interviews of various clinical case scenarios. The MI strategies utilised will be presented and discussed in a concluding brainstorming session.