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Code: PCC/22/165 Motivational Interviewing Cohort 18



‘You lot don’t care! You’re going to take our kids away and you get a bonus for that’
‘Why aren’t you going to the neighbours down the road, they’re much worse than us!’
‘What do you know? Do you have kids of your own?’

Are these kinds of ‘heart-sink’ phrases familiar? Do you or your staff frequently find themselves on the defensive as practitioners or as managers? In an environment of diminishing resources and increasing demand on services, we need a fresh and imaginative approach.
Motivational Interviewing is a framework of intervention, brought together in the 1990s by Professor William Miller and Professor Stephen Rollnick. It is an approach designed to work with those most resistant to change or stuck in entrenched behaviours. The premise of Motivational Interviewing is that motivation is not a ‘fixed state’ that a person does or does not have. Rather, motivation ebbs and flows depending on many factors such as circumstances, mood and so forth. The skilled practitioner (or manager) will harness whatever very little motivation there might be, and help it move in the right direction. The Motivational Interviewing approach borrows in from other sources such as Carl Rogers’ person-centred counselling; Socratic thinking and Prochaska & DiClemente’s Cycle of Behaviour change.
The key principles are:
• Engagement with the client, rather than doing something to them – i.e. change cannot be forced or pushed on to someone. It has to be internal for the client to be meaningful and long term.
• Rolling with resistance (NB this is not rolling over or being passive)
• Express empathy
• Avoid conflict
• Developing discrepancy in client’s thinking
• Support self-responsibility
Clients are often stuck or ambivalent about making changes for themselves. Practitioners can easily collude with this ‘stuckness’, or out of frustration try to push people to action, which only increases resistance. Motivational Interviewing helps to make the practitioner aware of these tendencies, and give them options to work more powerfully in ways that create more possibility of change for their clients.
Our MI training course gives a highly interactive and practical experience of Motivational Interviewing, and its potential power to engage with people meaningfully, rather than do something to them. There will be opportunities for demonstration, discussion, and questions, conducted in ways that model the principles of a motivational skills approach. We will explore together how we can all nurture even the smallest steps of progress, with the emphasis on encouragement and trying to bring out the best in others as well as ourselves.


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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 18 May 2022 09:30 - 16:30 The Portsmouth Academy Map
2 19 May 2022 09:30 - 16:30 The Portsmouth Academy Map
3 23 June 2022 13:15 - 15:30 Zoom Meeting Map
4 21 July 2022 13:15 - 15:30 Zoom Meeting Map
5 08 September 2022 13:15 - 15:30 Zoom Meeting Map

Code: PCC/21/1040 Getting off the floor - practical workshop (EVENT FULL)

This is a 3hr workshop giving opportunity for staff to practice the following techniques to get a person off the floor:

• independently with verbal prompting
• with a raising aid (Mangar Elk)
• with a passive hoist


It is aimed at Local Back Care Links to enable them to observe and competency staff practice.

It is also aimed at staff who are struggling to practise safeley and require more in depth training

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1 19 May 2022 09:30 - 12:30 Mountbatten Gallery Map

Code: PCC/22/254 Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene (RSPH accredited)

Target audience:

Anyone involved in the preparation, cooking or presentation of food either as a new food handler or someone who needs to renew their level 2 food safety certificate.


Course overview

Designed for anyone who prepares, cooks or serves food in the catering industry. Covers all aspects of food safety and enables learners to understand their legal responsibilities and know what constitutes best practice with regards to controlling food safety hazards, key temperatures, food storage, food preparation, personal hygiene and premises cleaning.

There is a £60 charge per person to attend this course.  


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1 19 May 2022 09:30 - 16:00 Conference Room B (2nd Floor) Map

Code: SCH/22/48 Teaching and supporting pupils with EAL in the Early Years

A course to support all Early Years teachers and support staff in schools to better understand how to support pupils with EAL

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1 19 May 2022 13:30 - 16:00 EMAS Training Room Map