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Behaviour Change Counselling: Motivational Interviewing

News about a forthcoming course likely to be of interest to health psychology trainees – and others.

One Day course in Motivational Interviewing – Coventry University – June 2016

This course is suitable for anyone working within an environment that supports people with change-behaviour such as public health practitioners, clinical, sport and health psychologists, social workers, nurses and allied health and social care professionals. The course is also suitable for academics and students who are interested in developing their clinical skills. No previous experience is necessary. A CPD certificate is included.

About the Trainer: Dr Charlotte Hilton is a Chartered Psychologist with a background in clinical and health psychology and public health. Charlotte works across a range of health and social care settings delivering quality, evidence-based training and research services including support with the evaluation of health interventions. Charlotte is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

What to Expect from the Course: This 1-day course will help trainees to understand how to support people to change a variety of health related behaviours such as physical inactivity and smoking for example. Training comprises a variety of learning methods such as short lectures, workshops, video consultation examples and plenty of opportunity to practice developing skills. Examples of the application of MI to the specific settings in which trainees work are also provided to help contextualise the skills. Trainees will complete the course with a good understanding of the process of behaviour change and the skills needed to start to integrate MI into routine conversations with clients/patients.

Date and Location: Friday 10th June 2016 9:30-4:30 at Coventry University in Jaguar Building room JA128.
External delegates £200 – to book a place go to: https://www.eventsforce.net/cu/3276/register
Current CU students and CU graduates £100 if you are currently enrolled on a course at Coventry University or if you are a graduate of Coventry University. To book a place email the Health and Social Care Unit at hscu.hls@coventry.ac.uk
For more information follow the Motivational Interviewing Network Coventry University (MINCU) blog at http://mincu12.wordpress.com/introductory-training/
Informal Enquiries: Dr Charlotte Hilton Email: charlotte.hilton@coventry.ac.uk

Intervention Mapping Workshop – no Danish but seemed to go well!


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Thanks very much to everyone who made our Behaviour  Change Training Workshop on Intervention Mapping (11 September) such a success.  Despite the unfulfilled promise of Danish pastries (which never did turn up but will be posted out to participants if they do), the day seemed to go very well.

We ask participants to self-rate their confidence in each of the workshop’s key learning outcomes: before the workshop begins and again at the end of the day.  The numbers are small and I haven’t done any statistical testing, but a preliminary look at the data suggests that the training left participants feeling more confident in all areas of intervention design.

Looking forward to our next workshop which is likely to be in early 2014.  If you’d like us to run one sooner please let us know.

Best wishes

Carol P

Training in the psychology of mindfulness, acceptance and commitment


What is it?

We offer introductory training that develops knowledge and skills in

  • The psychology of mindfulness, acceptance and commitment
  • Practical skills in mindfulness based interventions
  • The evidence base for mindfulness based interventions in mental and physical health settings

Who is it for?

This training is suitable for anyone who works with others to help them accept, adjust to and cope with difficult life circumstances, for example, those with long term health conditions, chronic pain, or stress.

If you have a number of people who want to be trained, we can bring the training to you and tailor the programme to your specific needs. We also run training days on our Coventry campus, for individuals to attend. These too can be tailored to meet the needs of the individuals who sign up.

When is it?

Our on-campus workshop in mindfulness approaches will be on 4th September 2013. For further details or to book a place click here.

Hitting the road

Just heading home after an enjoyable (but rather hot) day facilitating the motivational interviewing behaviour change workshop.  Thank you very much to all involved.  Links to online forum, videos and evaluation to follow.  Here’s a short video to whet your appetite meantime…


Evaluation of our Health Behaviour Change Workshop on Thursday


Nice results from our Health Behaviour Change Workshop on Thursday. Participants’ confidence in their knowledge and skills in applying cognitive behavioural approaches to physical health problems increased across the board. More details to follow.

Thank you VERY much to everyone who took part. Will be emailing you some follow-up materials soon.

Carol P