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Motivational Interviewing for Supervisors

Practical strategies for using and coaching MI in supervision

This two day professional development event is for professionals with a foundation in Motivational Interviewing, who provide supervision within organisations and private practice.

In person workshop
Thursday 1 & Friday 2 August 2024
East Brunswick, Melbourne



Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative method for guiding conversations about behaviour change. When we move into supervision roles, we often find ourselves having change conversations – only this time with staff rather than clients, and often in a context of line management or other accountability tasks.

The workshop examines how MI can be helpful in the context of providing professional supervision, while respecting that there are other skills and functions of a supervisory role as well as limitations to what MI can offer in a supervision setting.

The workshop also offers practical strategies to support and coach others in learning MI, including identifying priority areas to work on, encouraging self reflection and self monitoring of the use of MI skills, building on strengths and developing competence. And that we may well be coaching others while we feel that we are still working on our own MI skills.

The training is highly interactive, with a focus on practical skill development. The two-day workshop will offer an opportunity to:

  • Review experiences and progress in integrating MI into one’s own practice
  • Review challenges and experiences in coaching others in MI
  • Identify the core learning tasks in MI and incorporate a progressive skill development approach to learning MI
  • Examine the MI framework from the perspective of the supervisor
  • Develop strategies for using MI approaches within the supervision context
  • Develop strategies to coach MI self monitoring and skill development in supervisees
  • Introduction to MI coding as a tool for supervisors
  • Provide feedback in an MI consistent manner.

The workshop is suitable for supervisors working in a wide range of settings, including addictions, mental health, chronic disease management, treatment adherence, criminal justice and healthy behaviour change.

Workshop prerequisites

This workshop is not an introduction to MI, and it is important that all participants have prior training in MI, preferably the equivalent of at least a 2 day foundation skills course. As MI has also been evolving, it is recommended that participants also are familiar with the changes to MI that were presented in at least the 3rd edition version of Motivational Interviewing: Helping People Change (2013) by William Miller and Steve Rollnick and aware of the changes in the 4th edition Motivational Interviewing Helping People Change and Grow (2023). If you have any questions about whether your prior learning of MI is sufficient, Please contact Helen at

Workshop details

The workshop will be held at Ceres Environment Park in East Brunswick, Melbroune. Workshop numbers will be limited to create a comfortable and personalised learning environment.

CERES Environment Park
Corners of Roberts and Stewart Sts
East Brunswick VIC 3057

Times: Sessions will be held 9:15 AM to 4:30 PM.


  • $880 (inc GST) for professionals in the not for profit, community and government sectors (subsidised fee)
  • $1100 (inc GST) for professionals in the corporate and commercial sector (full fee)

It is important that you can attend both days as each session builds on the previous session. Please contact Helen at if you are unsure which registration fee is applicable.

All registrations include a non refundable fee of $100. Workshop registrations are not refundable within 14 days of the workshop commencement.


Dr Kylie McKenzie, Clinical Psychologist

Kylie is a clinical psychologist, experienced supervisor and MI trainer, with over 20 years’ experience in a regional public hospital setting. She has presented nationally and internationally about her research into the potential of MI in working with people living with mental-physical multimorbidity. She is a Senior Consultant with the University of Melbourne’s Department of General Practice, providing advice about the development of behaviour change interventions. Kylie has been a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2008 and has been a lead trainer for MINT workshops in the USA, Europe and Australia.

Helen Mentha, Clinical Psychologist

Helen is a clinical psychologist and specialist trainer in Motivational Interviewing. She worked in the alcohol and other drug sector for the first 13 years of her career, as a therapist, supervisor and manager. Since 2009 she has run her own business providing training, supervision, coaching and consultation for a wide range of helping professionals and organisations.