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This course provides introductory training in motivating behaviour change, including theory, research and practice, with particular emphasis on motivational interviewing.
• Theories of behaviour change• The neurobiology of motivation• The history and development of MI• MI theory• Research on the effectiveness of MI• Skill development – MI spirit, processes, skills, and strategies
By the end of this course successful students will be able to:demonstrate an understanding of theory relating to motivating behaviour changedemonstrate an understanding of the practice of motivational interviewingdemonstrate a beginning ability to apply motivational interviewing in practiceCourse Objectives Provide an understanding of the theoretical basis of MIDevelop knowledge of the basic practice of MIDevelop an awareness of the profession, ethical cultural issues and research related to MI practice.
Subject to approval of the Head of School
This course is taught through a mixture of face-to-face teaching and independent learning.All students are required to be present for these classes.(M, Tu, W): Feb 24, 25, 26(M, Tu, W): Mar 23, 24, 25
Miller, William R. , Rollnick, Stephen;
Motivational interviewing : helping people change;
Guilford Press, 2013.
Rosengren, David B;
Building motivational interviewing skills :a practitioner workbook;
Guilford Press, 2018.
Rollnick, S., Miller, W.R. & Butler C.C;
Motivational Interviewing in Health Care: Helping patients change their behaviour;
Guilford Press, 2007.
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Policy on Dishonest PracticePlagiarism, collusion, copying and ghost writing are unacceptable and dishonest practices.• Plagiarism is the presentation of any material (text, data, figures or drawings, on any medium including computer files) from any other source without clear and adequate acknowledgement of the source.• Collusion is the presentation of work performed in conjuction with another person or persons, but submitted as if it has been completed only by the names author(s).• Copying is the use of material (in any medium, including computer files) produced by another person(s) with or without their knowledge and approval.• Ghost writing is the use of another person(s) (with or without payment) to prepare all or part of an item submitted for assessment.In cases where dishonest practice is involved in tests or other work submitted for credit, the student will be referred to the University Proctor. The instructor may choose to not mark the work.
Grading ScaleGrade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A Pass is 50 marks or over
Late submission of work, without an approved extension, will incur a 5% penalty for that assignment.
Students with disabilities please contact Disability Support Service.
Students are expected to actively engage with the materials available on the LEARN site. Students are expected to complete readings in advance and engage in the participatory activities of the course, both web and class-based.
Extensions are rarely granted, and only in extreme circumstances.
Assignments may not be resubmitted.
Special Consideration for assessment is for students who have covered the work of a course but have been prevented from demonstrating their knowledge or skills at the time of the assessment due to unforeseen circumstances. Applications under this category should be submitted within five working days of the assessment due date. Students should consult the Special Considerations website for information, and contact them directly with any queries. https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/study/special-consideration/how-to-apply/
Domestic fee $2,193.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Health Sciences.