Motivational Interviewing for Mental Health Practitioners

What is Motivational Interviewing?

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based clinical intervention to prepare people for change. It is a collaborative, goal-oriented approach paying particular attention to the language of change. MI is designed to strengthen one’s motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion (Miller & Rollnick 2012). 

Creating Motivation for Change

Motivation emerges through an interpersonal process, the product of an interaction between people. This is very different from the popular notion that motivation is internal, residing within the individual as a personal state or trait. Motivation for change can not only be influenced by but in a very real sense arises from an interpersonal context. 

Workshop Leader : Dr. Guy Undrill

Guy is a Consultant Psychiatrist and the Director of Medical Education at United Kingdom’s NHS Foundation Trust “2gether”. He deals mainly with acute psychiatry that entails crisis intervention and home treatment. At the Royal College of Psychiatrist (UK), he is the Director of Training for South West Division. He is also an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol.  He is a member of Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). He has been conducting MI training for more than 10 years.

In 2013, he was awarded the “Trainer of the Year” by the Royal College of Psychiatrist (UK). 

In his spare time, he dabbles in photograph and illustration. He also has a Phd in Theatre Studies.


Workshop Content

The aim of this workshop is to understand the theory and philosophy underpinning MI and to be able to practice MI through experiential learning. The following topics will be covered:

  • The attitude and philosophy of MI
  • The core skills : OARS
  • The conceptual  anchor of MI : Ambivalence 
  • Responding to Change Talk
  • The four processes of MI
  • Short form tactics

Workshop Format

This workshop would take the forms of experiential learning through small group skills practice, discussion and live demonstration.

When & Where

  • 23 – 25 July (Tuesday to Thursday)
  • 9 am – 5 pm
  • NTU@One North


  • $1100    Super Early Bird [before 23 Apr]
  • $1200   Early Bird [before 23 June]
  • $1300   Normal [after 23 June]


VCF Funding

Participants who are eligible, can apply for funding under “non-pre-approved” status.



Miller, W.R. & Rollnick, S., 2012. Motivational interviewing: Helping people change 3rd ed., Guilford Press.