Motivational Interviewing for Perpetrator Programmes

Start a process of change

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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

The Trainers

Jonathan Fowler has been working around the impact of violence and abuse in families since 1992. He has worked as a group facilitator and individual therapist with victims and perpetrators of abuse, including nearly ten years in a secure psychiatric clinic and more than ten years in community domestic abuse perpetrator programmes.

In addition to front-line work, he has been a teacher and trainer for many years - including teaching counselling and motivational interviewing. He is also a clinical supervisor for staff in the domestic abuse sector, and a researcher. He is an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Bristol and runs an independent research consultancy. His academic background is in Child & Family Studies and currently his research focus is on what works in programmes with domestic abuse perpetrators, with an emphasis on the working alliance, motivational interviewing, and the impact of client impairments in mentalization (lowered ability to think about thoughts and feelings).

Guy Mountford has worked in the National Probation Service in England with High-Risk domestic violence and abuse (DVA) perpetrators and men who commit sexual offences since 1988. He has been facilitating accredited perpetrator programmes since 1990, including practice management and supervision of colleagues. Additionally, he has worked in community-based projects both as a facilitator and a trainer.

His history includes training across the United Kingdom in Domestic Violence facilitator work, DVA awareness and risk assessment, and Motivational Interviewing. This work has been with the Probation Service, The Police, Social Care, the Health Service, the Crown Prosecution Service and others.

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: 20.01.2022