I offer realistic advice about the most productive training options, guided by the commissioner’s preferences and circumstances. Imaginative project design means that the common constraints of time and money need not be obstacles to satisfactory outcomes.

MI takes an hour to understand and a year to practise without error. However, even the briefest guided exposure will result in the majority of practitioners improving, to some degree, the helpfulness of their practice.

The typical learning pathway progresses from an examination of the recognised competencies of MI to exploring the method’s specific applications within the practitioner’s work setting using simulation techniques.

Pandemic: MI is a complex intervention. My view is that, for practitioners new to MI, the inescapable limitations of working through online media inhibit the acquisition of demonstrable skilfulness. I have chosen, therefore, not to offer introductory training until face-to-face workshops again become feasible. The same impediments do not apply to coaching experienced MI practitioners seeking to develop their competence. Accordingly, for such practitioners, I am happy to offer online coaching for both individuals and very small groups. Frequent brief sessions are the most productive.