We provide training and practice development coaching for practitioners in the fields of health care, addictions treatment, criminal justice, social care, employment guidance and academic research. We specialise in helping practitioners build competency in consultations where issues of change are centre-stage, using motivational interviewing as the reference style. Since 1996 we have provided services for more than 250 commissioning organisations in 17 countries.
We also produce and sell training demonstrations and organise open-access training events
Jeff Allison has run this training consultancy and private practice since 1996. During the previous 20 years he worked in the addictions field as a specialist social worker, counsellor and service manager. In the UK, JAT Ltd has provided training and practice development coaching for more than 250 commissioners, including criminal justice services, local authority social services, addiction services, further education colleges, employment services, the Department of Health (including the Family Nurse Partnership and the National Child Measurement Programme), throughout the National Health Service, and for university research teams.
Jeff Allison has worked with co-trainers in Canada, Iran, South Africa and India, and throughout Europe and Scandinavia. He has co-led training events for the European Commission and for the United Nations Office on Drugs & Crime. Jeff is a visiting lecturer to The North Trøndelag University College, Norway and to Glasgow University. He is a member of the international Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT Inc.) and has been a co-trainer for a variety of ‘Training New Trainers’ workshops.
Jeff works in the English language (London accent) and has experience of training with simultaneous and consecutive translation.
This consultancy works in collaboration with a number of other trainers and training providers, including the Centre for Motivation & Change (NL), the Academy for Health Coaching (UK) and NHS Education for Scotland (UK) with whom Jeff Allison established the National MI Coach Group.
When appropriate, we are able to call upon trainer colleagues who have particular experience of MI integration in a range of professional settings.
MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING | a collaborative conversation about change
One way to explain the nature of MI, in broad brush strokes, is to cite a recent definition offered by Profs. Miller & Rollnick:
‘MI is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centred counselling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own arguments for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.’
Our definition of MI for practice development coaching:
‘When applied to practice development coaching, MI is a collaborative conversation to enhance a practitioner’s proficiency in and commitment to MI-consistent practice. This is achieved by encouraging the evolution of expertise through guided reflection on practice.’
If prospective commissioners would like to talk with previous commissioners, we will be happy to provide their contact details.