Introducing Motivational Interviewing in pharmacy settings

A brief introduction to the theory, processes and skills of Motivational Interviewing in a pharmacy context.

Participants will be guided through a sequence of learning activities to explore and shape counselling practice behaviour to get a “taste” of a motivational interviewing style.

This workshop is appropriate for pharmacists with no prior or minimal to moderate knowledge of motivational interviewing, who are in the role of holding discussions with patients to make and sustain healthy behaviour changes, for example, smoking cessation.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • explain the underpinning theories and processes of Motivational Interviewing
  • identify the key elements of Motivational Interviewing practice, through an experiential overview of the intervention
  • recall how Motivational Interviewing can influence change by intentionally evoking and strengthening natural language (change talk)
  • demonstrate the interpersonal style and primary skills for evoking intrinsic motivation using a typical scenario which may be encountered within a pharmacy setting.

Aimed At

Pharmacists with no prior or minimal to moderate knowledge of motivational interviewing.


Commissioned – please contact Richard Bloodworth ( for more information.


One day