Motivational Interviewing for Physios, Sheffield, 9/3/2019

I’m really excited to announce that we are running a Motivational Interviewing course for physios. You’ll also be pleased to hear it’s not me that’s doing it.  A few years ago, I went on a Motivational Interviewing weekend. It was great, really gave me insight into communication, and gave me some key skills and concepts to begin to develop.

However, on the course, everyone was a psychotherapist, nurse, or drug and alcohol worker.  The brilliant tutor, Paul Sullivan, said he’d never had a Physio on a course before—I was embarrassed, this stuff should be taught at undergrad, it is so relevant to us.  Anyhow, I managed to convince him that we actually need to talk to our patients, and he agreed to write this special one-day course for physiotherapists (although all humans would benefit, and are free to come!). We have run the course twice now, and got great feedback, and look forward to running it again.  If you want the course information with booking details, email me on .And, at £75 for the full day, it’s great value.

We already have the minimum number required to make the course viable, so get booked.

From the flyer:

About the course

Getting a patient’s story is an overlooked part of the treatment encounter, and is often shortened so objective assessment and treatment can be prioritised.  However, modern research highlights the complex interaction of factors across the bio-psychosocial spectrum that underpin pain disorders.  Getting information across this spectrum, while building trust and a therapeutic relationship, is key to unlocking what drives pain disorders.  Indeed, evidence now shows that treatment outcome is strongly affected by the patient-therapist relationship.   Few would disagree that listening, empathy, relationship building and communication are key factors in successful treatment; however, these skills are seldom taught.  This course is designed to equip physiotherapists with practical and clinically applicable skills around communication, relationship building, reflective listening and how to dispense information in ways that build therapeutic alliance.

Paul Sullivan, member of the Motivation Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT)

Paul Sullivan has been developing and delivering training to a wide variety of health and social care professionals for 10 years.  He began working with drug and alcohol users in residential services, specialist treatment units, young people’s services and primary care.  It was while working in addictions that Paul became interested in the importance of the therapeutic alliance and how this improves outcomes.  Paul now specialises in developing and delivering training that facilitates lifestyle and behaviour using Motivational Interviewing.  Paul has taught hundreds of professional workshops in Motivational Interviewing from introductory courses to advanced applications, work settings, mentoring and consultancy.  Paul has written this course specifically for physiotherapist and the challenges they encounter.

Course outcomes

  • To develop a therapeutic relationship with a patient based on trust and empathy.
  • To collaboratively explore the patient story and recognise the factors which contribute to pain disorders.
  • To gain a practical knowledge of key technical skills involved in consultation; this includes questioning, reflective listening and eliciting self-motivational statements.
  • To provide information to patients in an engaging and collaborative way and negotiate treatment plans.
  • To challenge patients’ unhelpful beliefs around pain in a non-confrontational and constructive way.
  • To work with more challenging patients, and to minimise the likelihood of difficult interactions.