Motivational interviewing

  • Macmillan Professionals

Duration: 2 days
Format: Face-to-Face
Level: Intermediate
Providing you with more detailed knowledge and skills, and exploring how to apply these within the remit of your role.

Living with the impact of cancer
Equip yourself with the vital skills you need to strengthen your relationships with people living with or beyond cancer and help them to self-manage more effectively.

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Explore how to use motivational interviewing techniques to support people affected by cancer.

Course objectives

You'll learn how to tap into and strengthen people's reasons for effecting change and strengthen their confidence in doing so.

  • Develop an understanding of what motivational interviewing is and how it fits in with other counselling approaches.
  • Become better able to strengthen someone's motivation and readiness to change, and their confidence in changing.
  • Recognise, elicit and strengthen change talk with people affected by cancer.
  • Reduce the emergence of resistance and discord in conversations.
  • Strengthen your therapeutic relationships.
  • Engage people in self-management behaviours.
  • Work more collaboratively to develop a person-centred care plan.
  • Become more confident in using specific behaviour change techniques.
  • Discover a more effective way of holding conversations about change.

Intended audience

Any Macmillan professional who supports people affected by cancer to develop their self-management skills.


Tim Anstiss is a medical doctor who specialises in behavioural medicine and communication skills training. He has trained over 1,000 clinicians in motivational interviewing and related areas, including health coaching, shared decision making and collaborative patient centred care planning.

Request your place

This course is only available to Macmillan Professionals.

Although Macmillan Cancer Support will not charge Macmillan Professionals for this event, please bear in mind that the charity incurs charges for cancellations and no-shows. Please seek permission to attend from your line manager or team if necessary before submitting your form.

Step 1

Select your preferred date and location for the Motivational interviewing course.

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Step 2

Please provide your details and any special requirements. We will contact you regarding your booking.


Additional Information

Statement: By submitting this form, I agree to notify Macmillan Cancer Support no later than 7 days prior to the event that I am unable to attend for any reason and at the earliest possible opportunity in the event of emergency.