Motivational Interviewing: A practitioner workshop in supporting client behaviour change in sport, exercise and health

This workshop will run over two days. Day 1 will focus on an overview of MI, Brief Negotiation and behaviour change, the relational and technical aspects of MI, opening strategies for consultations and exploring ambivalence. Day 2 will look at dealing with resistance, eliciting and strengthening change talk and key skills in communication. Recognising readiness and negotiating change plans will also be covered on day 2.


09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts (there will be a break for lunch)
16:30 Workshop ends


Health behaviour change is being embedded across the NHS at all levels. Indeed NICE have recommended introducing health behaviour change principles and training that will support individuals in making lifestyle adaptations. This includes context-specific client support that considers their environment, opportunities, barriers and motives for change.

Motivational Interviewing (MI; Miller & Rollnick, 2007) is an evidence-based intervention recommended for use by NICE which meets their guidelines and criterion. It is a directive, client-centred psychotherapeutic counselling approach delivered extensively in varied exercise, lifestyle modification and healthcare settings across the world.

This two day workshop will use topics within health behaviour change as a vehicle to underpin the practical skills development of MI. The real-play sessions will therefore integrate aspects such as physical activity / exercise, obesity management, rehabilitation, diet, smoking and alcohol and will explore these aspects with the group. These are not however exclusive and the group are encouraged to integrate other client behaviours into the training. The applied nature of the workshop will help participants begin to develop technical and relational skills in the use of MI in addition to experiencing the use of common tools used in MI.

This workshop is intended for practising or training psychologists working in the areas of sport, exercise or health psychology. Experience of working with a range of clients would be an advantage although not essential.

Delegates will be asked to complete some reading prior to attending the workshop.

Learning outcomes and objectives 

  • To introduce skills in exploring a clients ambivalence and readiness for change
  • To identify effective methods of communication and counselling techniques for initial and follow up consultation sessions.
  • To critically assess skills within the counsellor that will aid the client to move through the stages of behaviour change.

Facilitator: Dr Jeff Breckon CPsychol

Dr Jeff Breckon is a Reader in Exercise Psychology and a BPS Chartered Psychologist. He delivers training in MI to a variety of health and physical activity professionals and organisations including PCT's and local authority sectors. He is a member of MINT (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers), BPS (British Psychological Association) and BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences). Jeff was trained in MI in 1996 and as an MI trainer by Professor Bill Miller and Professor Steve Rollnick in Quebec, 2000. Since then he has trained MI to organisations across the UK, Europe and North America and delivered the international 'training new trainers' (TNT) programme in Barcelona (June, 2009). He has led on the implementation and fidelity testing of MI in a number of large scale clinical trials and has published and presented internationally.

Booking information


  • DSEP members: £144 (£120 + VAT)
  • Society members: £192 (£160 + VAT)
  • Society non-members: £240 (£200 +VAT)

How to book:

Please note: online bookings will close 24 hours prior to the event. Please call +44 (0)116 2529512 for availability after this point.

To pay by cheque or request an invoice complete and return the registration form.

Please note that we are only able to accept invoice requests at least 6 weeks before the event date.

Thu, 12/07/2012 - 10:00 to Fri, 13/07/2012 - 16:00
Contact Information: 

BPS Learning Centre
Tel: +44 (0)116 252 9925
Fax: +44 (0)116 227 1314

Division of Sport & Exercise Psychology & BPS Learning Centre