Motivational interviewing for mental health issues Short Course

Motivational interviewing for mental health issues Short Course
Develop and update your knowledge and skills whilst ensuring that your continuing professional and personal development needs are met.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:


Delivery Method:


Course Length:

Half day workshop


School of Community Health and Midwifery

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

Monday 17th October 2016 10.00am-1.00pm

Entry Requirements:

This workshop is aimed at mental health professionals, counsellors, psychotherapists and professionals who work with service users experiencing various mental health issues.

Course Content

Course Outline:
Motivational interviewing (MI) is a directive client-centred approach for eliciting intrinsic motivation for behaviour change through understanding and resolving ambivalence and resistance while preserving client’s autonomy. There is significant empirical support for MI in the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction and in various mental health issues including, generalised anxiety disorder, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Who should attend?

Mental health professionals, counsellors, psychotherapists and professionals who work with service users experiencing various mental health issues.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Attendance without examination 

Academic Expertise

Marie Percival is a senior lecturer at UCLan and also a qualified counsellor and cognitive behavioural therapist.

Learning outcome & aims

During the workshop you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the principles and theoretical underpinnings of motivational interviewing
  • Identify and respond to ambivalence and resistance in therapeutic settings
  • Identify key MI markers (change talk, taking steps) to move the client productively to enhancing commitment to change
  • Learn action-based techniques to manage therapeutic ambivalence and resistance.

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Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

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Fees & Funding

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE


How to Apply

These workshops are available as part of the Service Level Agreement which UCLan has with a number of local NHS Trusts. If you wish to apply using this funding please gain the support of your line manager and complete the online application through

Alternatively, self-funding applicants please book online at

If you have any questions about the workshop please contact us:
email or call 01772 893808

About UCLan

Course Enquiries

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400