Two-day training workshop
Monday 17th & Tuesday 18th March, 2014      

Morgan Cole Lounge
Swalec Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

Trainers: Chris Dunn, Seattle, USA, Chris Butler, Oxford/Cardiff, UK  &
Stephen Rollnick, Cardiff, UK

This workshop is open to anyone, from any care setting, who would like to learn about MI and how to conduct a skilful brief conversation that is consistent with MI.  It will therefore serve as an introduction & update on MI (“What is MI?” “What is the new framework for MI?”) and as an opportunity examine and practice MI-consistent brief conversations.  It is designed to be part of a sequence of workshops, so that people can also attend the intermediate-advanced workshop that follows immediately after this one.

The trainers will facilitate exercises and discussion on the challenges of brief conversations, and on what elements of MI might be expected to remain useful and effective. Attention will also turn to the role of rapid engagement, MI-consistent advice-giving and how assessment can be integrated into good practice.  Stephen Rollnick will provide an update on new developments, including the 4-process model of MI from the 3rd edition of the recently published MI text.

The workshop brings together two hand-picked and truly expert trainer-clinicians, Chris Dunn & Chris Butler, both with a strong record in research. Chris Dunn will lead the programme, and Chris Butler will provide support and commentary. Between them lie considerable clinical experience and knowledge about MI. They also happen to be very witty, sharp-eyed and entertaining.

The workshop will make use of a wide range of learning activities like demonstration, short lectures, real and simulated exercises, discussion groups and video observation, including the airing of new DVD learning materials.

Chris Dunn is a Professor and counselling psychologist at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences in the University of Washington. He specialises in training medical practitioners to use a brief version of Motivational Interviewing to help their patients manage their chronic diseases by making healthy lifestyle changes. These behaviours include smoking, drinking, medication adherence, exercise, and diet. His research investigates how best to train practitioners to use this patient-centred, evidence-based method of behaviour change counselling.

Chris Butler is a general practitioner and Professor in the Department of Primary Care, Oxford University and in the Cochrane Institute of Primary Care & Public Health, Cardiff University. He worked on the early development of MI-consistent brief interventions, and has accumulated considerable experience in what makes for a feasible, person-centred brief consultation.  His academic record spans hundreds of peer-reviewed papers and he is a co-author of Motivational Interviewing in Health Care (Rollnick, Miller & Butler) and Health Behaviour Change (Mason & Butler).

Stephen Rollnick is a clinical psychologist who has many years of experience in training practitioners, and is the co-author of Motivational Interviewing: Preparing People for Change (Miller and Rollnick, 1991; 2001 & 2012), Health Behaviour Change: A Guide for Practitioners (Rollnick, Mason & Butler, 1999) and Motivational Interviewing in Health Care (Rollnick, Miller & Butler).

Venue:  Morgan Cole Lounge, Swalec Stadium, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, CF11 9XR.
This is a spacious and modern facility, close to the city centre, with views over the county cricket ground and surrounding parkland.

Cost:  £350 (GBP ONLY) for 2-day workshop (or a discounted rate of £600 for attendance at both this workshop and the Barth, Allison & Rollnick Intermediate-Advanced workshop on 19 & 20 March in the same venue). There are limited reduced rate places available for registered students and groups.

This price includes training fees, morning and afternoon refreshments, and buffet lunch on both days. This workshop is being run privately, is not associated with the any organisation or institution, and includes the cost of reusable beaded name badge holders produced by HIV-positive mothers in South Africa, see

A percentage of all profit will go to the “friends of MI” 1% Fund (see

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