Motivational Interviewing for Perpetrator Programmes

Start a process of change

Learn How To

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

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

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?

The Trainer

Gill McKinna is the Head of the Caledonian System National Team.  The Caledonian System is an integrated approach to address men’s use of abusive behaviour towards female partners. It consists of a court mandated men’s behaviour change programme with integrated women’s and children’s services and is accredited by the Scottish Advisory Panel for Offender Rehabilitation.  

Gill’s academic career includes a degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Psychological Trauma Studies. She has extensive experience working within Scotland’s justice system and has spent the majority of her front line social work career specialising in the delivery of the Caledonian System. Gill has a commitment to trauma informed practice and to the continued growth and development of the Caledonian System.

Last changed: 09.04.2024