We aim to hold Manchester Motivational Interviewing Networks at least three times a year.  Typically these are workshops and meetings, but we also aim to facilitate training and in situ practice development opportunities. Details of previous and forthcoming events are available below. For information from previous events, please see the Resources page.



Next event: Psychology in the Pub, Kro Bar, Manchester , 7pm on Wednesday 11th September

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MMIN Strategy Meeting

This meeting was scheduled to discuss member priorities and to establish the future foci of the network. Minutes available.

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MMIN Strategy meeting #2

This meeting is scheduled to discuss outcomes from the consultation exercise to ascertain member priorities and future foci; and to establish plans for future direction. All are welcome.

Helpful conversations using motivational interviewing

This session, led by Cathy Atkinson and Joanna Bragg is part of the Economic and Social Research Council Festival of Social Science.  It is ideal for those new to MI, may be helpful to both professionals and members of the public, and is designed to be interactive and fun.

Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

The day, led by Paul Earnshaw and the MMIN team, is pitched as an introduction to, or refresher on motivational interviewing, and will focus on the spirit and core skills of MI within helping conversations

The training is free and will include refreshments and resources.  Please note that lunch is not provided.

Implementing motivational interviewing

This session is scheduled to take place in the Birley Building of MMU, from 4-6pm and will include presentations by Joanna Bragg, George Thomas and Paul Earnshaw

Motivational Interviewing Within Written Communication

This session focuses on how to provide information to clients in a motivational interviewing style. While the focus will be on written communication, advice on using elicit-provide-elicit will also be covered. This session is led by Lis Cordingley and Paul Earnshaw.


Session 1  (Full day) – Building Core Skills: Wednesday 8th January 2020 (9.30 – 4.30pm)

This first day will initially focus on developing your core skills of MI . It will also provide an overview of the core elements and the spirit of MI.


Sesson 2  (Half day) – Building Motivation for Change 1: Wednesday 22nd January (1.00  -4.30pm)

This session will respond to your feedback and experiences of using MI skills in your practice, since our last session. It aims to support people to use their core skills in a strategic manner to help people weigh up ambivalence, develop discrepancy and build momentum for change. Participants will gain direct experience of being on the receiving end of MI.


Session 3 – (Half day) – Building Motivation for Change 2: Wednesday 5th February (1.00  -4.30pm)

This session examines the application of core skills in a strategic manner to build motivation for change. For exampe on understanding the role of values and information exchange in developing discrepancy. Also in responing to discord or ‘resistance’ and practising strategies to facilitate change. By the end of the session you will have:

  • Practised using reflective listening to develop discrepancy between people’s values and their current behaviour
  • Considered exchanging information to develop discrepancy
  • Learnt three strategies for responding to resistance


Certification: People will be given a  certificate of completing introductory training to MI at this point, however this does not confirm their competence in the practice of MI.


Sessions 4 – 6  - Follow up Supervision Feedback and Coaching workshops

These are provided as part of the network’s practice sustainablity focus with aim of developing practice up to a recognised level of competence in MI. This will comprise of 3 x 1.5 hours feedback and coaching sessions for people wanting to develop their proficiency and competence in MI.


Session 4: Wednesday 4th March - 2.30 - 4.00pm

Session 5: Wednesday 18th March - 2.30 - 4.00pm

Session 6: Wednesday 1st April – 2.30 – 4.00p

Motivational interviewing training
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