A normal part of change is ambivalence – feeling two ways about it. The challenge of facilitating change more effectively may involve making some changes in your approach.
Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative conversation style that allows people opportunities to resolve their ambivalence while strengthening their own motivation and commitment to change. This course will invite you to learn some introductory skills of Motivational Interviewing in a beautiful farm environment that utilizes horses to illustrate the key concepts.
For 20 years, Monty Roberts (originator of Join-up®) and Bill Miller (psychologist-founder of Motivational Interviewing) have been exploring parallels in their methods. In this unique opportunity you will work with horses to learn Motivational Interviewing and discover the parallels of their work for yourself! Monty Roberts Certified Instructor, Claire Connaghan, and her horses will welcome you to their beautiful farm in Donegal, Ireland. Kris Robins will serve as your primary instructor. She has been studying Motivational Interviewing for 25 years and has also been learning Monty Roberts’ methods since 2011. Through demonstrations and supported practice, Kris will help you learn some core skills of Motivational Interviewing, with horses partnering as your teachers!
Kris, Claire, and other Monty Roberts Certified Instructors will help you understand and explore:
- The importance of the underlying spirit in working successfully in a willing partnership, whether with horses or people.
- Methodologies to prevent the development of resistance and deal effectively with any discordant behavior that may occur.
- How to develop both confidence and importance as determinants of successful change.
- The critical components of a helping partnership that eschews all forms of coercion and violence.
Our audience will include: Counsellors, Teachers, Non-profit agency staff, Medical practitioners, Clergymen/women, Horsemanship instructors, Corporate leaders & supervisors, Those whose work involves assisting others to change.