Motivational Interviewing e-learning course goes live

MI e-learning package now available

We indicated earlier in the year that we had been working on an e-learning Motivational Interviewing course. We are now proud to launch this for practitioners who want to develop their skill sets around motivational interviewing practice.

The modules are designed around the HMA e-learn framework: Learn it, Do it, Test it, and form a flow for effective learning and development. The five modules for the Motivational Interviewing e-learning package are:

  1. The History, Theory and Spirit of Motivational Interviewing
  2. The Four Processes of Motivational Interviewing
  3. Strategies of Motivational Interviewing
  4. Change Talk and Sustain Talk
  5. Consolidating Commitment to Change

Each module is a combination of practical MI skills and processes that allow participants to learn the skills via the associated knowledge, consolidate the skills through focussed exercises, and then test the skills. By the end of each module learners will have been exposed to the core ideas through written assignments, viewing video footage and practical application.

HMA Motivational Interviewing E-learning courses in more detail:

The History, Theory and Spirit of Motivational Interviewing
M.I. is now viewed as one of the most effective ways to help people become unstuck from problem behaviour. It is based around ideas of partnership, acceptance, collaboration and evocation, which is the basis of respectful practice. In this course participants will learn about the following:

  • a brief history of Motivational Interviewing
  • the underlying theory behind Motivational Interviewing
  • the SPIRIT of Motivational Interviewing (P.A.C.E. Partnership, Acceptance, Compassion and Evocation)
  • the ten things that Motivational Interviewing is not (what MI often gets confused with)
  • the difference between good and not so good MI practice
  • their own ability regarding the use of MI spirit
  • how to apply to professional practice what has been learnt on the course

The Four Processes of Motivational Interviewing
These processes of engagement, focussing, evocation and planning, allow the counsellor to work in a directional way to help the client explore and resolve ambivalence. These processes provide clearer structure to sessions which also allows for thoughtful conversation. In this course participants will learn about the following:

  • about each of the four process from internationally recognised MI experts
  • the importance of engaging and other aspects of an ‘effective helper’
  • the importance of analysing their own practice and a useful structure for doing this
  • how best to use the four processes in your practice
  • the value of a solid review process
  • their own ability regarding the use of the four process of MI
  • how to apply what has been learnt on the course to professional practice

Strategies of Motivational Interviewing
A number of key strategies have been developed to ensure that the counsellor maintains a position of equanimity and does not bully the client into changing. These include amongst other things, identifying the importance of an issue, providing information that might be of benefit, and developing discrepancy. In this course participants will learn about the following:

  • the key strategies of Motivational Interviewing including, Developing Discrepancy, Elicit – Provide – Elicit, and Importance and Confidence
  • specific techniques and ways of implementing each strategy
  • the practical aspects of using each strategy through real life practice
  • their own ability regarding knowledge and use of the strategies of M.I.
  • how to apply what has been learnt on the course to professional practice

Change Talk and Sustain Talk
Sustain talk is about talking ourselves into maintaining the current behaviour, whereas change talk is about what we want to be different. We believe what we hear ourselves saying, so the more the client argues for change, the more solid this becomes. In this course participants will learn about the following:

  • Change Talk and Sustain Talk from internationally recognised M.I. experts
  • Sustain Talk in relation to resistance discord
  • resistance discord and how to work with it and not work with it
  • decisional balance (aka cost/benefit analysis) and when and how to use it
  • how to recognise, enhance and elicit change talk
  • the best ways to respond to both change talk and sustain talk
  • how to apply new skills and knowledge (around eliciting change talk) to real life scenarios
  • how to apply what has been learnt on the course to professional practice

Consolidating Commitment to Change
Knowing what to change is one thing. Committed action around change is something else. This is where the ‘rubber meets the road’ and clients start to undertake achievable tasks to overcome problem behaviour. In this course participants will learn about the following:

  • the intricacies and key points regarding consolidating commitment to change and making a change plan
  • the best times to begin to consolidate commitment to change
  • how to build commitment to change and what to look for regarding when to transition into planning
  • how MI experts employ various techniques and strategies to consolidate commitment to change
  • the best way to make a change plan
  • how to apply new skills and knowledge (around consolidating commitment and planning) to real life scenarios
  • how to apply what has been learnt on the course to professional practice

Get started on your online MI learning by clicking www.learnhmaonline.com

Published on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012, under Announcements, Motivational Interviewing

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