Motivational Interviewing and the Stages of Change

One or Two Day Program

Program Overview

The course integrates Prochaska and DiClemente’s stages of change model with Miller and Rollnik’’s motivational interviewing principles. The resulting program, when implemented in the field of mental health, addictions and community corrections, will increase the likelihood that clients will successfully follow a course of action toward change. Motivational interviewing consists of a set of formalized theory-based and empirically evaluated interpersonal communication techniques designed to help your clients identify and acknowledge self-defeating behaviours and to move toward stopping them. It relies on non-confrontational approaches that ideally result in clients expressing concern about their behaviour, and the need to change it. The central guiding assumption is that motivation is variable rather than static. The amount of motivation a client possesses at a particular time is fluid and can be increased by external forces (e.g., counsellor actions, skills). Through purposeful interaction, the worker can improve client motivation to change problematic behaviour.

Who Should Attend

This two day workshop will be of interest to individuals working as case managers and/or counsellors in the mental health, addictions and community corrections system.

Program Objectives

  • To understand Prochaska and DiClemente’s stages of change model and its implications for the work of the counsellor
  • To understand Miller and Rollnick’s motivational interviewing principles
  • To learn how to integrate stages of change and motivational interviewing into a cohesive approach to help and support behaviour change
  • To understand the various counsellor skills and interpersonal techniques needed at each stage of change.
  • To improve skills in the identification and assessment of the client’s stage of change

Advanced Strategies in Motivational Interviewing

Program Overview

This one day advanced course in Motivational Interviewing is designed for counselors and front line staff in mental health, addictions and corrections who have previously completed CTI's two day introductory program on motivational interviewing or its equivalent. This practical, interactive and dynamic workshop is for individuals who already possess strong knowledge of, and experience in, motivational interviewing. Motivational counseling techniques have been described as "simple but not easy". Even after being trained in the use of its techniques, many counselors find it a challenge to integrate the strategies into everyday work with clients. This one day advanced program is designed to help anchor these key strategies in ways that fit with one's own unique counseling style. It will focus on effective strategies for building motivation and dealing with resistance as well as working with clients to develop a personalized change plan.

Who should attend

This course is designed for counselors and front line staff working with clients in a counseling relationship who have completed CTI's introductory two day program on Motivational Interviewing and Stages of Change or its equivalent.


Program Objectives

  • To incorporate the tools of motivational interviewing into brief counselling interactions
  • To understand the key roadblocks to motivation
  • To revisit the art of strategic reflection
  • To build motivation in resistant clients
  • To learn ways of negotiating a change plan with the client