Motivational Interviewing for Perpetrator Programmes

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Learn How To

  • Use motivational interviewing techniques
  • Uncover clients' motivations to change
  • Build a respectful relationship without collusion
  • Overcome perpetrator resistance

Participant Voices

An introductory level course to Motivational Interviewing, this training offered a foundation to understanding when and why you would use this technique with clients. With opportunities to practice and reflect on my own work, this training was a safe place to start discovering Motivational Interviewing with peers from other countries.

- Anonymous

The training was very useful for my dailly work with perpetrators. It was very clear and explained very well with many practical parts, such as role playing.

- Ilir Dyrmishi (CLMB, AL)

Training Agenda

Session 1: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing and Cycle of Change

  • Understand the nature and the process of change
  • Learn about the Motivational Interviewing and its spirit
  • Understand how Motivational Interviewing can help you in your daily work
  • Fall in love with the Motivational Interviewing

Session 2: Using Reflective Listening in working with DV perpetrators

  • Understand the skill of reflective listening and its benefits for working with perpetrators
  • Practice how to apply Reflective Listening on case study examples

Session 3: Using sills in the daily work

  • Learn how to integrate Motivational Interviewing in your every day work
  • Get tips and suggestions how to practice skills with your clients

Session 4: Rounding off Reflective Listening, MI in groups, other key skills

  • Explore ambivalence for change in working with perpetrators and how to address it
  • Learn how Motivational Interviewing can help with ambivalence

Session 5: Rolling with resistance in working with DV perpetrators

  • Learn about different types of resistance
  • Understand what interventions fit which stage in the circle of change
  • Roll with resistance using case examples

Session 6: Using skills in the daily work

  • Learn how to apply motivational interviewing in the intake phase
  • Learn how apply motivational interviewing in the group work
  • Create a plan how to use motivational interviewing in your future work
  • Get resources for further exploration of the topic

The Course

As practitioners leading perpetrator programmes, we know how challenging, but incredibly crucial it is to uncover a client's motivation to change their behavior. Motivational interviewing is a powerful tool that enables you to support and follow your clients through their process of change. Implemented in perpetrator programs across the globe it has shown meaningful results.

This two-day training is highly practice-based, whils still offering relevant theoretical frameworks. Participants will discuss questions such as:

  • What are the basics of motivational interviewing and why is it relevant for perpetrator programmes?
  • How and why do people change?
  • How do you overcome resistance against change?
  • What approaches, interventions and techniques show good results?

Last changed: 07.03.2023