Motivational Interviewing

Module code: AE1222

Module co-ordinator: Dr Tony Priest

In this module you will study the brief interventions employed in work with drug and alcohol users and the research base that underpins them. We will look in particular at Motivational Interviewing as a distinct intervention, which you will practice with a role-play client.

Topics covered

  • Motivational Interviewing: expressing empathy, developing discrepancy, rolling with resistance, supporting self-efficacy
  • Brief Motivational Counselling and Motivational Enhancement therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing micro-skills and when to use them
  • Supporting clients to develop and implement their own plans for change


  • 30 hours of seminars
  • 1 one-hour tutorial


  • Case studies, 1,000 words (25%)
  • Recorded counselling session with commentary, 1,500 words (75%)