What training do we provide?

Motivational Interviewing & Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

We provide a range of courses on developing MI and CBT skills and their delivery in different contexts (e.g. institutions and community services) and with different groups of people facing the whole gamut of life’s challenges (e.g. psychosis, substance misuse, chronic illness).  Because of our focus on maintaining skills, we prefer to work with whole teams or organisations when we deliver training rather than providing one-off courses to individuals.

“…at least one member of our team reported it as the best training she has ever had… people found that your attention to planning and the mix of activities and teaching was just right…I would have no hesitation in reccomending you to other organizations…”
Team Manager, Early Intervention in Psychosis

Social Inclusion and Recovery

We also offer training in bringing a person centred perspective to organisations and providers of mental health and social care services. This includes creating recovery facilitating environments, achieving community and service user involvement and making social inclusion a reality.

“It was a brilliant way to demonstrate and allow us to actively experience how it may feel to be a service user…this style of learning was far more powerful and effective than for example just telling us about it”
Trainee Clinical Psychologist

What methods do we use when training?

  • Real clinical examples provided on audio or videotape.
  • Interactive exercises
  • Experiential learning
  • Real-play and role-play
  • Presentation of theory and evidence-base

What is Motivational Interviewing?

“A client-centred, directive method for enhancing intrinsic motivation to change by exploring and resolving ambivalence” (Miller and Rollnick 2002)

We provide a range of courses on Motivational Interviewing. From introductory courses right through to more advanced courses aimed at developing and integrating MI into other therapeutic models (e.g. CBT, family interventions). Applying MI in challenging work settings (e.g. community mental health, in-patient services) and developing specific core strategies (e.g. building confidence, generating hope).

Examples of Motivational Interviewing courses that we provide are shown below:

  • Getting Started: an Introduction to Motivational Interviewing
  • Going beyond the basics: developing MI skills and practice
  • Enhancing CBT through the use of Motivational Interviewing
  • Motivational Interviewing for people using substances and experiencing psychosis
  • The Motivational Conversation: Enhancing communication in medical settings

What is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy?

From the essential elements of CBT for a variety of problems (e.g. depression, anxiety etc.) through to developing practice of specific techniques such as schema focussed work, behavioural experiments, and applying CBT in diverse settings (e.g. long-term in-patient units) and with diverse problem areas ( e.g. substance misuse, psychosis, personality disorder).

Examples of CBT courses that we provide are shown below:

  • Using MI to engage and support people with chronic illness
  • Delivering CBT in culturally diverse settings
  • Recovery: Using CBT to support people experiencing psychosis
  • Moving on: Maintaining Changes in Substance Use and Enhancing Recovery Using CBT