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Motivational Interviewing Training

Motivational interviewing is a conversation style that is useful for clients that present with ambivalence around behaviour change. Sometimes clients tell us their goal is to do or be something different, yet their behaviour stays the same (e.g., alcohol misuse, drug misuse, diet, exercise, procrastination). A motivational interviewing approach avoids argument, resistance or defensiveness and can be integrated into your current style of having conversations with clients.

  • Have you ever tried to assist someone towards helpful or constructive change, only to come away thinking that they “aren’t ready”, don’t think there is a problem, or just end up arguing with you and carry on with the same destructive or unhelpful behaviour?
  • Motivational Interviewing is more than just a type of therapy or something that only counselling professionals use. It is a style and approach that once integrated, is extremely useful and effective when working with people who may not yet be fully aware of their problematic behaviour or who may still be ambivalent towards change.
  • Did you know that when someone is arguing with you against change, it may not be because they don’t want to change, but what they need is for you to change your approach?
  • Motivational Interviewing can be used in a wide range of everyday situations to produce positive outcomes.

Abacus has developed a range of brief programmes, for those who have no prior knowledge and want a brief introduction, right through to those who have knowledge and experience, and want more in-depth, advanced training. Each training programme is targeted to the level of the participants, working in an interactive way with powerpoint information, and including opportunities to practice and integrate skills. More advanced programmes include trainers’ modelling and role-plays, and provide feedback and coaching to participants, to guide more advanced skills development.

These programmes will assist staff members to ascertain levels of motivation and readiness for change, and equip them with the skills to work effectively with people to achieve desired outcomes for progress toward their goals. They will also find that these skills have wide application for any purpose that involves improving motivation and encouraging positive change.

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Head Office
8 Pompallier Terrace,
Ponsonby, Auckland 1011

8 Pompallier Terrace,
Ponsonby, Auckland 1011

09 360 6957


2018 Training Dates



Cost: $220 + GST per day
Time: 9.30am to 4:00pm both days
Venue: ABACUS offices, 8 Pompallier Tce, Ponsonby

  • DAPAANZ points are applicable for DAPAANZ members (15 points per day)
  • Resource materials supplied
  • Morning and afternoon tea provided
  • Attend one or both days

Trainer: Mike Goulding
Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Educator, Counsellor & Supervisor M.HSc (Otago), RPN, PG Dip HSc, CCPC, Cert. Addictions

Mike originally a trained psychiatric nurse, has counselled, managed and trained in addictions since 1985. With interests in clinical supervision, stopping violence and de-escalation issues, and motivational interviewing, he has applied these to his work with practitioners and in training situations.

“This training is fantastic for working with clients who say they want their lives to be better, yet are stuck…”

“I now have the tools to work with resistance rather than against resistance…”

Please download and complete a registration form and RSVP by 10 August 2018.

Enquires and registrations:
Please phone Keryn Lovie-Tyler on 09-360-6957 or email office@acts.co.nz

Download Flyer

Download Registration Form

Download Introduction Programme

Download Intermediate Programme

Cancellation and amendment fees: For less than 7 days notice no refund is given.