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I offer skills-based training with a specialist focus on:

  • Motivational Interviewing: Foundation Skills to Advanced, MI for Supervisors, as well as specialist applications
  • Substance misuse and treatment
  • Effective communication for leaders.

Training can be tailored to the needs of the organisations, ranging from a brief webinar to a structured course conducted over several days or months. Individual and group coaching offer further opportunities for trainees to consolidate skills and embed them in day-to-day practice.

Training draws on adult learning principles, incorporating a range of learning styles, experiential learning and coached skill development. It is important that training occurs in a positive environment, where participants feel safe, respected and have the opportunity to relate the training to their area of work.

I encourage organisations to identify cost-effective strategies to support workers to keep learning active and ongoing. As part of this process, I offer a series of follow up emails for people who have attended the MI Foundation Skills workshop, to help remain actively engaged with MI learning.

Supervision, coaching and mentoring

Supervision offers both new and more experienced professionals the opportunity to grow, challenge themselves and flourish. It is important that supervision provides a safe environment in which to explore strengths and concerns, develop and practice skills, and consider broader professional direction.

The content and format of supervision is flexible, depending on the needs of each person. We work together to tailor supervision to preferred learning styles, needs and hopes. The work may include discussion of specific clinical interactions, principles of practice, parallel process, in-the-moment practice and feedback, self-reflection, and exploration of broader work practices and career paths.

Ultimately, the aim of supervision is to support helping professionals to maximise their strengths, and develop skills and resilience for sustainable, rewarding careers. What worked for us at one point in our career may not work in another, just as new or unexpected opportunities may emerge. There is no one right path and supervision is a valuable tool to help each of us to discover what best enhances our sense of meaning and fulfilment in this work.


While training is an important part of acquiring and enhancing skills, there is far more to workforce development than providing professional workshops. Attending to the broader principles of organisational implementation assists organisations to assess their needs and develop more comprehensive approach to addressing challenges and facilitating effective outcomes.

Research indicates that while individual workshops may be helpful, our transfer of learning into practice is limited when the learning is not reinforced through coaching, feedback and environmental support for ongoing use of the skills.

The best learning outcomes occur when training is supported with careful preparation prior to commencement and strategies to facilitate implementation and practice of the skills after the workshop is complete.

Consulting services also extend to providing a broader review of how organisations engage clients and facilitate positive change. 

Program and resource development

Effective programs use an evidence-based approach to facilitating and communicating about change. Consultation is available to both review existing programs and develop new initiatives or written resources.

Sometimes small changes to wording of existing assessment and program documents can help to engage clients more actively in their own change process. Other programs may benefit from a more extensive evaluation of how engaging, user-friendly and practical their resources are from a behaviour-change perspective.

Consultation may be brief, offering a fresh set of eyes and feedback, or a more intensive collaboration in the creation of new initiatives.