Motivational interviewing for perpetrator programmes

Start a process of change

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, while offering relevant theoretical frameworks.

Learn how to

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

Training agenda

  • 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
  • Understand the skill of reflective listening and its benefits for working with perpetrators
  • Practice how to apply Reflective Listening on case study examples
  • Learn how to integrate Motivational Interviewing in your every day work
  • Get tips and suggestions how to practice skills with your clients
  • Explore ambivalence for change in working with perpetrators and how to address it
  • Learn how Motivational Interviewing can help with ambivalence
  • Learn about different types of resistance
  • Understand what interventions fit which stage in the circle of change
  • Roll with resistance using case examples
  • 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 trainers

Gill McKinna

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.

Jonathan Fowler

Jonathan Fowler has been working around the impact of violence and abuse in families since 1992 as a group facilitator and individual therapist. He has worked both with victims and perpetrators of abuse. His work includes ten years in a secure psychiatric clinic, where he mainly specialised in working with survivors of severe childhood abuse. Since 2011 he has been working 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 and motivational interviewing.

Guy Mountford

Guy Mountford is a Domestic Violence Specialist working in the field for the Probation Service and in community settings for over 20 years. This includes writing, implementing, facilitating, training and managing Domestic Violence Perpertrator Programmes. He has had major roles in design and implementation of multi-disciplinary teams, managing high-risk DA perpetrators alongside Police and Psychology.

Guy remains at the heart of progressive front line practice, delivering training across the UK Domestic Violence/Abuse sector in areas such as Non-Fatal Strangulation whilst also introducing accredited perpetrator engagement programmes for professionals in the substance misuse, social care and other relevant sectors.

This training offered a foundation to when and why you would use motivational interviewing with clients. With opportunities to practice and reflect on my own work, this training was a safe place to start discovering this technique.