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Introduction to Motivational Interviewing and its integration with CBT, Auckland, 22 June

Thu, 22 June 2017

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John Berks & Emma Schwarcz 

Thursday 22 June 2017

9:00am – 4:30pm 

Centre for Psychology, Massey University

Albany Village,  Auckland      

Overview of the training

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a psychological intervention developed from client-centred therapy to draw out internal motivation to change, particularly behaviour change, and overcome ambivalence.  It is a stand-alone psychological intervention; a useful prelude to cognitive therapy; and has techniques and philosophy which can enhance standard CBT practice.

Psychologists Bill Miller and Stephen Rollnick have recently published the third edition of ‘Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change’, which builds on a decade of experience and research to present a simpler, more evidence-based version of MI.  This workshop will be based on this version of MI, and so will not only be an introduction for those who have not encountered MI before, but an update for those who have.  

This work shop will also discuss ideas on how MI can be integrated with standard CBT. CBT practitioners commonly encounter ambivalence; whether in engagement, engaging around the CBT model, or doing homework.  Motivational interviewing has ideas and techniques to address these issues. 

The workshop will include discussions, role plays, and videos.  Key topics covered in the workshop include: micro skills, the processes of motivational interviewing, and the spirit of motivational interviewing. 

About the presenters

John Berks is a consultant psychiatrist, graduate of the Massey CBT programme, post-graduate psychology student, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Training Network. He works full-time in the Waitemata District Health Board’s Community Alcohol and Drug Services. One of his main interests is promoting evidence-based psychological treatments for substance use disorders. 

Dr Emma Schwarcz is an addiction specialist psychiatrist. She is a graduate of the Massey CBT program, and also has training in DBT, and MI.  She is interested in recovery mechanisms, strength-based approaches and the improvement of addiction sector systems. 


$250 for professionals

$200 for Massey University staff (permanent and fixed term only)

$125 for students (full time only) 

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided and included in the fee.   Certificates of attendance are provided to all attendees who complete the workshop. 

Numbers are limited and places will be allocated in order of receipt of registration.

How to Register 

Please complete the online registration form for each attendee. Secure credit card payment can be made for one or multiple attendees or contact Helen for alternative payment options:

Helen McMaster, Centre for Psychology, Massey University, Private Bag 102904, North Shore, Auckland,

Phone : 09 213 6095                                         

Email : H.McMaster@massey.ac.nz 

Cancellation Policy 

If the workshop is cancelled due to lack of enrolments, a full refund will be given.
Refund requests received more than one week before the workshop will be refunded in full, requests received less than one week will incur a 50% charge.
No refunds will be made for non-attendance at the Workshop.