Walking alongside: Harnessing the potential for change focusing on Motivational interviewing skills for ultra–brief interventions

Start Date
Thu, 14 March 2024 - 9:00 am
End Date

Join facilitator Pete Thorburn for a unique two-day professional development opportunity, that seeks to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to harness potential for change in young person’s experiencing substance misuse, mental health issues, and offending behaviours. 


You will:  

  • Learn how to use elements of Motivational Interviewing (MI) within a brief intervention approach to reduce risk and empower young people to be the drivers of their own change
  • Understand how incorporating elements of Motivational Interviewing skills, particularly Open-ended questions, Affirmations, Reflective listening, and Summary reflections (OARS) can increase the effectiveness of engagement
  • Gain deeper understanding of the interconnections between unmet needs, underlying conditions, and the social and systemic factors 
  • Explore strategies for fostering a sense of agency and ownership in rangatahi, ensuring their voices are heard and respected


For queries about this event please contact:
[email protected]  



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Peter Thorburn: A Journey of Transformation

Director at Meth Education and Solution Services and Clinician for AOD

Peter Thorburn triumphed over a challenging 23-year battle with addiction, including 8 years of dependency on methamphetamine.

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