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LP30182: Developing motivational interviewing

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health (administered by the Learning Partnerships Office)
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year at Action on Addiction
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, PR 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Rating of videotaped role-play sessions using MITI skills rating and reflection (1500 words) (PR 50%)
  • Reflective writing assignment (1500 words) (CW 50%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take LP30180
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The Unit aims to:
* Enable students to build on their knowledge of Motivational Interviewing and increase their skills.
* Offer opportunities for assessed skills practice and introduce students to a method for rating their Motivational Interviewing skills.
* Require students to put their skills to use in the workplace and to reflect on the utility of the approach in various settings and situations.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of the unit the student should be able to:
* Identify and evaluate motivational interviewing skills in context.
* Use a current validated rating method to assess MI skills.
* Accurately assess when a motivational interviewing approach is indicated.
* Demonstrate ability to use MI skills appropriately and to evaluate their effect.
* Demonstrate ability to monitor client motivation and transition appropriately from a motivational focus to an action focus when the client is ready.

Intellectual skills:
* Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of research, and practice (T, A).
* Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data. (T, F, A).
* Reflect on the appropriateness of theory, practice and outcomes (F).
* Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Professional/Practical skills:
* Understand the application of relevant research findings in the workplace (F).
* Apply counselling skills appropriately to facilitate clients' progress towards their goals. (T, A)
* Reflect upon own academic and professional performance and take responsibility for personal and professional learning and development. (T, F, A)
* Observe and evaluate own skills and those of others and give clear and appropriate feedback. (T, A)
Key skills:
* Exercise initiative and personal responsibility. (F).
* Make decisions. (F).
* Use oral, written and audiovisual communication skills. (F)
* Demonstrate confidence in using IT for the access, creation and manipulation of information. (F).
* Undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature. (F).

This unit concentrates on:
* An exploration of the 'spirit' of MI: attitudes and the nature of the helping relationship.
* How the spirit of MI is actualised using skilful listening and responding and the use of 'techniques'.
* A detailed examination of global characteristics of good MI, and a closer look at specific therapist behaviours.
* An introduction to observing and rating therapist characteristics and behaviours.
* Observed skills practice, self-rated and rated by fellow students.
* Recognising client responses and monitoring motivation in the session.
* Transitional work: moving from ambivalence to action.
* Preserving the spirit of MI while facilitating 12 Step involvement or CBT work: motivation versus indoctrination. Role-play of typical scenarios.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

LP30182 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Programmes administered by the Learning Partnerships Office
  • UHHL-KFB09 : BSc(Hons) Addictions Counselling (Work-based learning) (Full-time at Action on Addiction)
  • UHHL-KPB09 : BSc(Hons) Addictions Counselling (Work-based learning) (Part-time at Action on Addiction)