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Let’s Talk: Conducting Brief Interventions using a Motivational Interviewing Approach


This training provides you with useful knowledge and skills to undertake Brief Interventions as part of your day-to-day work in the alcohol and other drug field.

You will receive a foundational introduction to Motivational Interviewing and have access to different video-demonstrations and practical tools. This course includes a downloadable workbook, various handouts and links to evidence-based resources.

It is a fully funded workforce development course and therefore available to you at no cost.

Completing this course will help you:

Who is the course for?

This course is designed to support healthcare professionals to undertake brief interventions, using a motivational interviewing approach, when working with people experiencing harms from their alcohol and/or other drug use.

Learning Path

  • Welcome to the course
  • Course Outline and Workbook
  • Administrative items
  • What are Brief Interventions?
  • Are they effective and evidence based?
  • Benefits and Barriers to conducting Brief Interventions
  • What is Motivational Interviewing?
  • The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing (PACE)
  • Guiding Principles of Motivational Interviewing (RULE)
  • Therapeutic Alliance
  • Stages of Change Model and Stage Based Interventions
  • Change and Sustain Talk (EARS)
  • Core Skills of Motivational Interviewing (OARS)
  • Screening and Assessment
  • Models of Brief Interventions – FRAMES and 5As
  • Practical Tools and Techniques, including the Decisional Balance and Change Rulers
  • Websites and Mobile Apps
  • Summary of Key Learning
  • Acknowledgements
  • Post-Course questions
  • Certificate of Completion

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